Monday, June 22, 2009

California bishops plan campaign pressuring legislature not to exempt state’s largest abortion provider from budget cuts

“Planned Parenthood should not be excluded”

(From the June 19 issue of “Public Policy Insights,” an email bulletin published by the Catholic Legislative Network, an arm of the California Catholic Conference)

The State of California reimburses Medi-Cal providers for abortions for women (or girls) who cannot afford to pay. In 2004, for instance, Medi-Cal paid for 39 percent of all abortions in California. Planned Parenthood is the single largest abortion provider in the state.

California Planned Parenthood offices are all affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) -- a nonprofit corporation. According to PPFA's 2007-2008 national Summary of Financial Activities, they received $349.6 million in the form of government grants and contracts, had total revenues of $1 billion, and provided 305,310 abortions. PPFA also reports a bottom line of $1.014 billion in net assets.

Extrapolating from that report -- because state summaries are not available -- California Planned Parenthood affiliates received at least one-third of their funds from the taxpayers and performed one-quarter of all the abortions in California last year.

During this state budget crisis, when family healthcare services and children's school programs are experiencing cuts, Planned Parenthood should not be excluded from those same cuts. For several years, they have received special exemptions and favored provider rates.

The California Catholic Conference is working to reduce funding for abortion. An Action Alert, along with background material, will be available next week so that you can support the effort to ensure that Planned Parenthood is not exempted from cuts. Contact Carol Hogan,, for more information.