Proving yet again that it’s not about women’s health, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close four of its clinics in Iowa beginning this summer. According to Reuters, the announcement comes after Iowa’s state legislature passed and Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a measure restricting abortion providers from receiving state Medicaid funds:
Health centers in Burlington, Keokuk and Sioux City will close on June 30 and one in Quad Cities soon after as a result of losing $2 million in funds under the new measure, said Susan Allen, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. The four clinics served 14,676 patients in the last three years, she said, including many rural and poor women.
Of course the pink-hat crowd will decry the fate of those nearly 15,000 rural and poor women without reading this paragraph later in the same story:
“The pro-life movement is making tremendous strides in changing the hearts and minds, to return to a culture that once again respects human life,” said Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Branstad, who said there were 2,400 doctors, nurses and clinics around the state for family planning that do not provide abortions.
So the truth is that this move will not take away women’s access to healthcare, as Medicaid family planning funds wills still be available – just not to providers who perform abortions. But there is a greater truth at play here – the fact that despite all its bluster about women’s health, Planned Parenthood makes its decisions based on two things:
ABORTION and MONEY.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has two options that would allow it to continue receiving state Medicaid funds in Iowa.
First, if PP truly wanted to keep those Iowa clinics open – if it was truly interested in providing quality healthcare to those 15,000 rural and poor women – it would simply stop performing abortions. One simple move, and suddenly that lost funding comes back to PPH.
Second, the national Planned Parenthood of America could make up that lost $2 million with the stroke of a pen. In case you missed them in the PPH story I wrote a few weeks ago, here are a few financial facts about Planned Parenthood that they’d probably prefer you didn’t know:
- $200 million invested in securities
- Endowment fund balance of $101 million
- An “annual gala” which resulted in a $226,000 loss
- A $5400 grant to the Congressional Black Caucus
- A $12,500 grant to the National Association of Black Journalists
- A $4.5 million grant to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, as well as another $22 million is other disbursements to PPAF
- A grant of more than $728,000 to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland – the group which operates the Iowa clinics
- Total salary for President Cecile Richards of more than a half-million dollars, and retirement contributions totaling nearly $100,000
Kudos to Governor Branstad and the Iowa legislature on the move to deny Medicaid funding to the single worst killer in the state of Iowa, leading to the closure of one-third of its abortion mills in the state.
Postscript: This move will cost the state of Iowa $3 million, because to accomplish it the state had to set up its own apparatus for distributing Medicaid funds rather than continue participation in a federal program. And while conservatives disdain spending additional tax revenue, the taxpayers of Iowa should ask themselves this question before criticizing the expenditure:
How many of the more than 3,000 children murdered in Planned Parenthood clinics statewide each year would have to be saved for it to be worth your $3 million?