S.159, Rivera / A.3693, Glick: In relation to additional state aid for Planned Parenthood clinics

Published on May 22nd, 2017

Memorandum of Opposition

This bill seeks to make Planned Parenthood clinics in New York State eligible to receive funding from the Hospital Bad Debt and Charity Care Pool, which was established in 1983 to underwrite a portion of hospital losses associated with uncompensated care to the indigent and uninsured. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation and urges that it be defeated.

The recently enacted 2017-2018 state budget contains more than $20 million in state funding for “family planning services,” the vast majority of which will be appropriated to Planned Parenthood clinics. Additional state taxpayer funds flow to these clinics for “adolescent pregnancy prevention programs,” “health and sexuality-related programs,” sexually transmitted disease testing, and more. In addition to these line items, Planned Parenthood clinics enjoy expanded Medicaid eligibility for their clients, and, if adopted, newly proposed Department of Financial Services regulations will mandate cost-free insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortions. We respectfully suggest that additional moneys to this provider are not warranted.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, with 323,999 reported abortions performed at clinics around the country in 2015. Planned Parenthood’s share of the abortion market has expanded steadily; in 2005 it performed one in five of all abortions, but now it performs one in three. In 2010, Planned Parenthood announced that by 2013 every affiliate must have one or more clinics that perform abortions on-site.

In addition to abortion, Planned Parenthood also provides birth control services and STD testing. But Planned Parenthood is not a primary health care provider: by its own admission, Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide breast cancer screenings, and the vast majority of clinics do not provide prenatal care for pregnant women. In fact, Planned Parenthood provides almost 17 times more abortions than birth-related services for its pregnant clients.

Nationally in 2015, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) served 2.5 million clients (women and men) and performed 323,999 abortions, meaning that nearly 13 percent of everyone entering a Planned Parenthood clinic received an abortion. The PPFA annual report indicates it provided only 17,419 “prenatal services” and only 2,024 referrals for adoptions. This means that 94 percent of its services for pregnant women are abortions, outnumbering other options almost 17 to 1.

Because Planned Parenthood is not a primary health care provider, and because Planned Parenthood clinics already receive millions of state taxpayer dollars, it should not be eligible for additional state aid set aside for hospital-based health care for the indigent. We urge you to oppose this legislation.

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