Only 13 states subsidize state resources for the abortion industry and its providers through Medicaid or Title X family planning funds with taxpayer dollars, the nonprofit Family Research Council (FRC) reported on an interactive map.
The interactive state map released Tuesday, Aug. 18, details how 13 states, most of which are on the Northeast, Atlantic and West Coasts, have implemented measures to fund abortion with taxpayer dollars: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
The Democratic Party’s platform states that by 2020, Planned Parenthood is guaranteed to be fully funded with taxpayer dollars, including abortions for low-income women.
In 2017, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez was emphatic that there was no room in his party for pro-lifers.
“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said, according to the Huffington Post. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state,” he added.
Quena Gonzalez, director of state and local affairs for the Family Research Council, said, “For too long, Planned Parenthood–America’s largest abortion company–has taken millions of dollars every year in taxpayer money. Most of that money flows through the states, giving governors and state legislators tremendous opportunities to defund the abortion industry.”
“FRC’s map highlights state actions to restrict or stop that flow. Since 1976 the federal Hyde Amendment has recognized the principle that taxpayers should not underwrite abortions or the abortion industry. It’s time for Congress and the states to finish Congressman Hyde’s work,” he added.
According to a poll conducted by the Knights of Columbus, 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion within the United States.
The latest map produced by the FRC also details that 23 states have actively implemented laws to partially or completely defund abortion.
Last year, the Donald Trump administration implemented a rule prohibiting Title X (free or reduced-cost family planning services) funds from supporting programs and organizations that provide abortion services.
The measure, which “requir[es] the physical and financial separation of Title X projects and facilities from programs and facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” directly affected the abortionist Planned Parenthood, which is now required to provide separate health services.
Under the rule, clinics have also been required to report cases of rape, incest, and human trafficking, as required by federal law, which also calls for “documented compliance with State and local laws requiring notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking,” as reported by Daily Caller.