Sunday, July 18, 2010

ObamaCare Funding Planned Parenthood to Reduce Abortions: Liberal 'Christians'

The Department of Health and Human Services -- as directed by the new health care law -- is now accepting applications for a grant program that will help states provide support services to pregnant teens and women. . . . funnel more taxpayer dollars to pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

-- From "Health reform will help reduce the number of abortions" by Peg Chemberlin, National Council of Churches; and Sister Simone Campbell, E.D. of NETWORK 7/14/10

. . . The Pregnancy Assistance Fund provides $250 million over the next decade to help pregnant and parenting women and teens with child care, housing, education and services for those victimized by domestic or sexual violence. This network of comprehensive support is especially critical for women who lack the resources to raise a healthy child and view abortion as their only option in difficult situations.

. . . The funds, distributed through state grants, will ensure women and families have access to baby food, post-partum counseling, parenting classes and other holistic services. This encourages best practices and also builds a foundation for effective future programs.

. . . we believe most Americans want commonsense solutions that extend a compassionate hand of support to women rather than a judgmental finger waved in condemnation. More than 1 million abortions are performed in the United States every year. Canada, Germany, Japan and Britain all have lower abortion rates than the U.S., despite having less restrictive abortion laws. Why? In large part because those countries offer comprehensive healthcare that includes robust pre-natal and post-natal care.

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From "Government’s New $25-Million Fund to Help Pregnant Teens May Benefit Abortion Providers, Pro-Family Advocates Say" by Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer 7/12/10

The Pregnancy Assistance Fund – established on page 2,162 of the new health care law – offers states a total of $25 million for each fiscal year through 2019.

States that win the grants will distribute the money to organizations and programs that support pregnant or parenting teens and women who want to complete high school or college, for example, or who need access to health care, child care, housing and “other critical support.” The Health and Human Services Department also announced that states may use the funds to combat violence against pregnant women.

Jeanne Monahan, director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council [FRC], told that one particular program mentioned in the grant application is a good indication of the kind of groups that will end up getting the money.

Section IV of the grant application asks applicants to describe how they would use the grant money, and it cites as a successful example “Text4baby," a program designed by the federal government in partnership with the Guttmacher Institute and organizations affiliated with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“FRC has been a leading voice for life-affirming pregnancy services, but we strongly oppose the idea that these grant recipients should include any group that financially profits from abortions,” the group said in a statement.

“The only way to help these mothers and their babies is by funneling the $25 million to organizations that won't make a profit from their work, namely pregnancy resources centers,” the statement said. “And if President Obama truly cared about these women, HHS would have issued real regulations--this time enforcing his Executive Order to strip abortion from the health care bill.”

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