Abortionists have found one of the most successful avenues for channeling both charity and tax dollars to already profitable abortion businesses, is via funds for breast cancer. Many of us have mothers, sisters, and friends who have faced breast cancer, and on an emotional basis we willingly fund anything that claims to fight the disease. By claiming to help in this and other women's health issues, Planned Parenthood Texas receives approximately $5 million from the state Medicaid Women's Health Program. (Planned Parenthood receives another $12 million from the state in 'family planning' funds.) Komen for the Cure, which purportedly exists to help prevent and cure breast cancer, gave Planned Parenthood more than $730k in donations in 2009, and provided approximately $3.3 million between 2004 and 2009.
So how many mammograms does Planned Parenthood Texas provide for poor women each year? Apparently none. While mammograms are considered an essential tool for early detection, clinics must be licensed to own the necessary equipment and perform the tests. Of all the Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in Texas, not a single one has either license or equipment for mammograms.
Furthermore, while Planned Parenthood claims to provide women's health services other than abortion, the only time patients see an actual doctor is during the abortion procedure. There is no doctor-patient interaction or consultation, and few if any of these 'doctors' even have privileges at nearby hospitals. For the most part the abortion doctors are circuit riders who travel between the 43 licensed Texas abortion clinics performing these essential women's health 'operations,' or more accurately, destroying their unwanted unborn children.
At the end of this week, the Texas House will begin debating the budget bill (HB 1). The bill includes funds for both the Medicaid Women's Health Program and 'family planning' services. Planned Parenthood is slated to receive anywhere from $12-17 million of these women's health dollars (abortion alternatives will receive zero funding,) but abortion makes up 98% of their services. Rather than continue to allow funds to flow to profitable abortion businesses, lawmakers ought to send those funds to facilities that provide a more comprehensive women's health plan, and actually allow a woman to see a doctor.