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KDHEContrary to an editorial blast today from the Lawrence Journal World, and an Associated Press story last Friday, Kansas is not suffering a permanent loss of federal assistance for reproductive health services. Open record information requested by Kansans for Life shows:

that the state’s Title X funding exceeds what it was during the last year when Planned Parenthood was getting part of it under court order.

The Title X award for Kansas in fiscal year 2016 is $2,472,000, just slightly higher than its award of $2,471,250 in 2014.

First, a little background. Title X is federally-dispersed money designed to assist low income-qualifying women for non-abortion reproductive health services, including contraceptives and health screenings. In Kansas, Title X is distributed by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE).

Any licensed physician can do the elementary exams and blood draws covered under Title X; it is certainly not anything for which Planned Parenthood is uniquely capable.

It also is good stewardship for the state to allocate financial support for medical facilities that provide the poor with the full range of well-woman care (not just gynecological services, but nutritional, cardio, mental health, etc.)– as well as pediatric and geriatric care for both sexes.

KANSAS PRIORITIZES FULL SERVICE
Since 2007, the Kansas legislature had tried to insure that full-service health entities, especially public clinics, received Title X funding.  To accomplish that goal, the legislature annually passed a budget instruction– called a proviso– which prioritized Title X grants to full-service medical facilities.

However, pro-abortion governors Sebelius and Parkinson annually vetoed that proviso so that Planned Parenthood would not be disqualified from accessing the Title X funds.

The proviso for prioritizing Title X grants was finally signed into law under pro-life Gov. Sam Brownback in 2011. Planned Parenthood then challenged it in federal court.

While litigation ensued, Judge Thomas Marten ordered that Title X funding be guaranteed, not only to the plaintiff (Planned Parenthood clinics in Wichita and Hays) but also to an  independent Dodge City Family Planning (DCFP) clinic!

That judge-ordered temporary payment to three financially-failing businesses is what the AP story references as a “$370,000.00 loss.” And despite this judicial “monetary lifeline”  to all three limited-service businesses (in violation of the proviso), the small DCFP clinic closed and both Planned Parenthood clinics remained deeply in the red.

KANSAS WINS CONTROL
In March of 2014, the Kansas Title X prioritization proviso was upheld as valid by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Planned Parenthood dropped their legal challenge and accepted that both clinics were no longer eligible for Title X in Kansas.

Subsequently, the 2015 Kansas Title X federal award was reduced by $229,950, a one time adjustment after the two Planned Parenthood clinics were removed from the Kansas grantee eligibility.

The 2016 Title X funding federal award, in effect as of July 1, exceeds the 2014 award. In other words, the current award is just above our state’s pre-litigation amount.

Back to the AP story that has been generating headlines. The meme that Kansas is being denied Title X funding and that women are therefore underserved is unsubstantiated. The assessment relies on a self-serving claim by Planned Parenthood and a suggestion by the Sedgwick County Health Department Director that, “People have fewer places to go, and for those with limited means that may make utilizing those services even more difficult.”

Fewer places? Only 2 limited service medical clinics have closed: DCFP and the Hays Planned Parenthood clinic. KDHE funds 47 facilities under Title X.

Any speculation about how health care decisions are being made –without examining the effects of the initiation of Obamacare, the HHS contraceptive mandate, and other changes in Medicaid– are without solid factual basis at this point.

The bottom line is that tax funding belongs to true, full-service medical providers–not as a subsidy to a private chain of abortion providers.

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A new video exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby body parts was released today by the Center for Medical Progress, featuring a former StemExpress tissue technician, Holly O’Donnell.

An excellent summary of O’Donnell’s revelations and a critique of the failure of the media to properly air this series of explosive undercover videos is here.  Some highlights:

  • tissue “technicians” were allowed access to Planned Parenthood patient records, even those of women who had not yet received results from pregnancy tests;
  • clinic counselors insensitively pressed for “research  consent” from crying and vomiting women;
  • “specimens” from aborted babies were sometimes taken without the mother’s consent.

In todays’ video, O’Donnell details her work inside the abortion clinic, from order forms coordination through her taking shipments to Fed Ex . We hear how she was revolted by the money-grubbing attitude of the staff of Planned Parenthood and her associates in the tissue collecting business. She also shares disgust at the assembly-line mentality of one particular abortionist who aborted “viciously fast,” and got upset when there weren’t enough patients to keep him busy.

O’Donnell’s first person admissions of how women are manipulated at Planned Parenthood certainly shows the hypocrisy of their new corporate slogan, “Care. No Matter What.”

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Roberts & Moran

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts & Jerry Moran from Kansas voted to defund PP

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate fell seven votes shy of the 60 votes needed to defund the nation’s largest abortion business–Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates.

The good news is that 55 Senators support S. 1881– one pro-life Senator was absent and another changed his vote to opposition only so that he would be eligible to enter a motion to reconsider. This greatly surpasses the 42 Senate votes garnered to defund PPFA in April 2011. And in that consideration, it shows the importance of defeating pro-abortion politicians.

The incentive for the introduction of  S. 1881 were four undercover videos released in July by the Center for Medical Progress that shined a bright light on abortionists’ discussions about dismemberment of living unborn children and trafficking in baby body parts. (A fifth video was released today (here).

S. 1881 would strip taxpayer support of PPFA and makes the funds available to other eligible entities to provide women’s health care services, notably Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). This is a similar mechanism to how Kansas provides true health care using federal funding.

Passed first in 2007 as an amendment to the state budget, Kansas Title X funds were prioritized to go first to full service public hospitals and clinics, and secondarily to private full-service facilities. There was no reference to abortion or Planned Parenthood, just the state’s intention to best serve state health interests.

Planned Parenthood did not qualify for the 1/3 million dollars at stake under the Title X prioritization so that provision was deleted annually by pro-abortion Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson.

Planned Parenthood filed a legal challenge after the proviso was signed in 2011 by pro-life governor Sam Brownback. After extended litigation, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the provision in 2014.

There are several instructive takeaways from Monday’s vote on defunding PPFA.

  • Contrary to opponents’ misstatements, S. 1881 did not “end healthcare” for women, but indeed would have “ended corporate welfare” to PPFA in the form of $528 million annual government funds.
  • Compared with the number of PPFA affiliates, there are 13 times as many full-service public health facilities across the nation that are well-deserving of taxpayer support.
  • There is no equivalence between PPFA, where 94% of pregnant clients are sold abortions, and FQHCs that provide all kinds of healthcare to all ages–without any abortions.
  • PPFA likes to tout its cancer screenings but for breast cancer, they only provide a manual palpation and referrals to other facilities for mammograms, as they don’t have those machines or technicians.

In the discussions leading up to the Senate vote on S. 1881, many misleading statements were bandied by opponents, including the threat that the loss of Planned Parenthood as a contraceptive provider would overly burden the FQHC network and lead to a rise in abortions. But this has not occurred in Kansas.

After losing eligibility for Title X money, Planned Parenthood of Kansas Mid-Missouri kept two Kansas sites open and closed one location in Hays, which had been financially in the red for years.  A request to the state Health department verifies that Kansas has 15 FQHCs and 3 satellite clinics, with more opening soon. And the threat of increased abortions? Not in Kansas, with the annual abortion total continuing to decrease.

It is encouraging that more citizens are beginning to see, like Kansans, that the government has no business subsidizing the killing industry of Planned Parenthood.

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