Family Planning Health Services(and PPWI) score huge budget victory
Here is today's update
The Joint Finance Committee voted today 12-4 to keep state family planning programs fundedRemember, we are facing a fiscal nightmare as a state. Apparently paying and encouraging others to engage in risky sexual behavior is crucial to the state's well being. From Pro-Life Wisconsin:
In 2010 [Planned Parenthood] collected more than $18 million in federal and state family planning funds, mostly from the Title XIX Medicaid program.How many teachers could be paid with $18 million dollars? How many pregnancy centers could help women actually give birth when faced with a crisis pregnancy?
The total family planning funds were also cut 10%, or just under $200,000, to a total of $1.7 million and the funds will now be directed fully to legitimate medical centers.Whoppidy doo dah! Effectively pro-lifers are told that our issues don't matter to Republicans. They are not called the Stupid Party for nothing.
Here's the supposed victory:
State and federal money [are now prevented] from going to groups like Planned Parenthood that separately provide abortions for women or make referrals for abortions. State law already prohibits such funds from being used to pay for abortions.I don't know the claim by MJS but I suspect it is at least partially true.
What does that mean?
The Committee’s action today effectively prevents PPWI from receiving close to $1 million annually in state and federal Title V funds.That would be about 5% of their funds for 2010.
Pro-Life Wisconsin is spot on:
All money is fungible. Family planning funds free up resources within PPWI to engage in the surgical abortion business. Abortion is not healthcare. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a ‘non-profit’ organization with a net worth of $9.8 million that profits from killing unborn babies and exploits women in distress, should not be considered a healthcare provider. Wisconsin cannot continue to throw money at organizations that perform or refer for abortion, and we urge legislators to starve the abortion giant by cutting off all state and federal public funding streams to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.Don't for a second believe the BS about not being a "zealot" or "middle ground," pro-lifers got the shaft once again. We have a 100% pro-life governor and Republicans just gave him the bird. Walker asked the funding be dropped and they punted. All they had to do was sign on the dotted line. Instead they drew pictures of condoms with smiley faces.
Committee co-chairwoman Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said that other state family planning programs would also remain for women and that Planned Parenthood could still receive federal funds. Gov. Scott Walker had sought to completely cut the family planning grants.Darling is facing a recall effort. Paper thin pro-life legislation is not going to rally her base.
“I see this as a very positive effort to retain critical health care services for women,” said Darling, a former Planned Parenthood board member who voted for the change.
I don't see how such a bare minimal effort can be applauded. Planned Parenthood was spared the chopping block for now. This effectively has no change in day to day operations of PPWI. It will be business as usual tomorrow at Wisconsin's #1 abortion provider.