But Planned Parenthood isn’t needed! Wichitans could walk a few blocks from PP’s location to the county health department and get the same low cost, or free, Title X services. (Hays is located 30 min. from local health services in either direction.)
With an 11% cut this year, Wichita’s health department gets half the amount of Planned Parenthood. In fact, just those 2 private PP clinics eat up 13% of the Kansas Title X monies. (See state data obtained by KFL.)
The remaining 55 Title X-qualified county health departments have to divide the approximately remaining $2.3 million. Subtracting the larger amounts of money secured for the 3 largest counties (Wyandotte, Johnson, Sedgwick), that leaves, on average, around $25,000 per public clinic.
So why is a private profitable vendor, Planned Parenthood, enjoying 1/3 million tax dollars so far this fiscal year? They are scheduled for FY2011 contracts from KDHE with a 20% bump, on top of last year’s 22% hike!
The answer is that Gov. Mark Parkinson wants to keep PP happily on the federal dole, so that he and like-minded abortion supporters will reap increased campaign donations.
Any day now, Gov. Parkinson will sign the final budget and we fear he will line-item veto the Huelskamp/Kinzer amendment to prioritize the funding of public clinics and hospitals with Title X monies.
It would be a repeat of what the governor did last year, when he said ‘federal law did not allow him’ to structure contracts to other providers without including Planned Parenthood. But KDHE later admitted there was no such legal requirement. In fact Ohio has successfully done this re-prioritizing of Title X without PP for over 6 years. Correction:Ohio has reprioritized state family planning money, not Title X.
The Kansas House and Senate voted that Title X money be spent on public safety net clinics and hospitals, with good reasons:
- Money that funds doctors and nurses at county clinics for half a day for pregnancy and HIV checkups helps insure practitioners are there for another half day to serve needy children and the elderly.
- Planned Parenthood has tried to market itself as the consummate medical expert and trusted community asset. However, it faces 107 criminal charges in Johnson County for illegal late-term abortion and falsifying records.
- Last year, staff at the Overland Park PP was recorded on a phone call offering to help conceal child rape. Undercover video “stings” across the nation by LiveAction films show this is a trend, not an aberration.
- In 2000, HHS implemented game-changing rules allowing Title X recipients to offer “non-directive” and “uncensored” abortion counseling without physically walling off the activities or doing them in different locations. This “abortionist honor system” does not inspire confidence that women and girls are not victimized by subtle or explicit abortion coercion. Businesses fundamentally dedicated to ending lives are not trustworthy.
The claim of abortion supporters that poor women need Planned Parenthood is wishful thinking on their part. PP is hijacking the money that county health departments could put to better use.
Call the governor today, to ask he leave the Huelskamp/Kinzer Title X provision in place.