Planned Parenthood, arguably one of the greatest non-profits that ever existed, (is my love for this organization transparent enough yet?) is being backed for funding by the state of Maryland.
Maryland is the first state to guarantee Planned Parenthood reimbursement, should legislation decide to defund the organization under President Trump’s Republican regime.
On Thursday night, Republican governor Larry Hogan did not veto the bill that passed, allowing “$2 million from the state’s Medicaid budget and $700,000 for the state’s general fund to go to family planning services,” according to CBS News.
Trump offered the non-profit a trade earlier last month: Keep the government’s funding, but get rid of abortions.
“As I said throughout the campaign, I am pro-life and I am deeply committed to investing in women’s health and plan to significantly increase federal funding in support of non-abortion services such as cancer screenings,” said the president, as reported by the New York Times.
“There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.”
Trump isn’t the only one hell-bent on shutting down the organization. Vice president Mike Pence has also been working really, really hard to bring down Planned Parenthood.
“This administration will work with the Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers,” Pence said at the March for Life in January, “And we will devote those resources to healthcare services for women across America. This week, President Donald Trump will announce a Supreme Court nominee who will uphold the God-given liberties enshrined in our constitution.”
Ironically, only 3% of the services provided are abortions.
“As Marylanders, we must remember that a state solution does not change the fact that politicians in Congress are trying to prohibit millions of people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood. It’s incumbent on all of us to keep up the fight for women,” said PP’s president and CEO Karen J. Nelson, as reported by Refinery 29.
The bill will take effect on July 1st, ensuring affordable health care visits and services in the state of Maryland.