from the American Life League’s STOPP Report 2/2/11
A 2007 report from Planned Parenthood’s Guttmacher Institute reveals the urgency of stopping Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.
It shows that Title X paid 15% of “family planning” cost in 2001, while Medicaid provided 61%. The 2001 total of public funding for “family planning” was $1.3 billion. In 2001, the report says, Medicaid provided 6 out of 10 of all public dollars spent on family planning.
While Planned Parenthood emphasizes that Title X funds and Medicaid cannot be used for abortion, the Guttmacher Institute in this 2007 report reveals some of the hidden truths behind the Medicaid restriction facade.
Medicaid is a joint program of federal and state governments. “[S]tates ‘are free to determine the specific services and supplies which will be covered as Medicaid family planning services’ within … broad parameters,” the report says.
It then reveals in a footnote: “Under CMS [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] policy, abortion ‘may not be claimed as a family planning service’ under any circumstances. However, federal law allows abortion to be covered under Medicaid when the woman’s life would be endangered if the pregnancy were carried to term and in cases of rape or incest; states may obtain reimbursement for these procedures under their regular federal reimbursement rates, rather than the special 90% family planning rate. Furthermore, individual states remain free to use their own funds to pay for other ‘medically necessary’ abortions for Medicaid beneficiaries, and 17 do so as of May 2007.” (Emphasis added.)
In fact, another recent Guttmacher report indicates that 20% of Medicaid recipients report having used Medicaid to pay for abortions.
Members of the newly seated congress have shown support for defunding Planned Parenthood, and at the rally preceding the March for Life, one of the members of Congress implored pro-lifers to call their representatives and reinforce the cry for defunding Planned Parenthood.
Let your elected officials know today that not only do we need to cut all Title X and other program funding to Planned Parenthood without exceptions, we must stop Medicaid reimbursement for “family planning” as well.