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Ten Republican-controlled state legislatures have voted to defund Planned Parenthood since the 2010 midterm elections, but the clinics affected by the cuts will not have to shut their doors any time soon. The Obama administration so far has awarded hefty new federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood clinics in three states that have cut the providers’ funding: New Jersey, Tennessee and North Carolina.
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham, N.C., was awarded a $426,000 Title X grant on Wednesday, just weeks after the state legislature overrode Gov. Bev Perdue’s (D) veto and cut $343,000 in state money from the provider’s budget. Anti-abortion lawmakers and advocacy groups are furious that the Department of Health and Human Services seems to have circumvented state legislatures to continue funding an organization they oppose.
Title X is the federal governments “Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs” established under the Republican Richard Nixon in 1970. According to Wikipedia, “Title X does not fund abortion and never has since its establishment.” But this is, of course, total nonsense. All funds are fungible, which means every dollar given to PP for alleged non-abortion programs simply frees up its other funds to be used for abortions. Title X subsidizes abortion, pure and simple.
But really, it’s not all Obama’s fault. Congress gave him the money. The only way Title X gets funded is through Congress. The Republican-controlled House could have dug in its heels long ago but decided not to.