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Tax dollars fund abortions: state by state list

Posted in Abortion Funding, Medicaid abortion, Medicare Abortion, Tax Payer Funding of Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2018 by saynsumthn

In a year, California taxpayers paid $28 million for abortions… and there’s more

taxpayers, california

In a previous piece, Live Action News revealed that, despite abortion proponents’ claims that taxpayers don’t fund abortion, taxpayers are footing the bill for more than half of all abortions committed in states where Medicaid pays for abortions. Now, here are more details from various states, detailing how much taxpayer funding is really being used to pay for abortions.

Alaska

According to 2017 data50.6 percent of women who aborted used Medicaid to fund their abortions. Out of 1,255 abortions reported, 635 were taxpayer funded. 2016 data is available from Live Action News here.

Image: 2017 Medicaid paid abortions in Alaska

2017 Medicaid paid abortions in Alaska

California

The most recent Medi-Cal funded induced abortion report (2014), shows that taxpayers in California paid for 83,485 abortions through Medi-Cal Fee-For-Service (FFS) and Managed Care plans.

Image: Medi-cal tax funded abortion total 2014

Medi-cal tax funded abortion total 2014

In just the Medi-Cal FFS plan, taxpayers financed 53,907 abortions to the tune of $27,591,381.00. This included 4,438 Dilation and Evacuation (D+E) abortions, which are usually committed later in the pregnancy.

Image: Medi-cal abortions by procedure 2014

Medi-cal abortions by procedure 2014

Former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describes below the gruesome D&E abortion procedure, which California taxpayers are funding:

Illinois

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, “In 2017, Illinois expanded Medicaid coverage to pay for elective abortions with state Medicaid funds. Before the expansion, Illinois’ Medicaid program covered abortion only when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest or when the mother’s life was at risk.”

As a result, the Illinois News Network (INN) reported that “Illinois taxpayers paid for nearly four times more abortions in the first six months of 2018 than the year before….” Abortion reimbursement requests Illinois News Network obtained from the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) showed that taxpayer funded abortions increased 274 percent as follows:

  • From January to June 2017: 84 taxpayer-funded abortions
  • From January to June 2018: 314 taxpayer-funded abortions

For the first six months of 2017, INN reported that “the HFS document showed the provider charge amount for the 84 procedures was $129,467, with a total payment of $14,995.29. For the same time period in 2018 for the 314 procedures the provider charge amount was $426,583 with a payment total of $24,389.”

Image: Tax funded abortions in Illinois (Image credit Illinois News Network)

Tax funded abortions in Illinois (Image credit: Illinois News Network)

Illinois taxpayers may even be footing the bill for residents from other states, implied in a report published by WQAD which showed that in 2016, “there were were 4,543 out-of-state individuals that got an abortion in Illinois, 1,573 more than in 2014.”

“[O]ur Medicaid eligibility requirements are so lenient that we expect folks are going to come in from out of state, they will establish temporary residence to get their free abortion and then go home,” State Rep. Peter Breen told WQAD.

Maryland

According to the most current data on state taxpayer dollars funding abortion (data may not include all abortions):

  • 2017: $5.7 million funded 8,798 abortions
  • 2016: $5.4 million funded 7,897 abortions.
  • 2015: $5.7 million funded 7,945 abortions.
  • 2014: $5.6 million funded 7,651 abortions.
  • 2013: $5.4 million funded 7,528 abortions.
  • 2012: $5.2 million funded 7,442 abortions.
  • 2011: $5.4 million funded 7,177 abortions.
  • 2010: $4.7 million funded 6,652 abortions.
  • 2009: $3.4 million funded 4,857 abortions.
  • 2008: $2.2 million funded 3,281 abortions.
  • 2007: $2.2 million funded 3,580 abortions.
  • 2006: $2.7 million funded 3,831 abortions.

Image: 2015 to 2017 tax payer abortion funding Medicaid

2015 to 2017 tax payer abortion funding Medicaid

Live Action News has information about previous years here.

Minnesota

In 2017, out of 10,177 abortions performed in the state, nearly 44 percent (43.9) or 4,469 abortions were recorded as paid for with public assistance. Data from previous years has been published by Live Action News here.

Image: Tax funded abortions in Minnesota 2017

Tax funded abortions in Minnesota 2017

In 2017, the state also funded 115 out-of-state abortions, costing taxpayers $17,855.53.

Image: Tax funded out of state abortions for Minnesota 2017

Tax funded out of state abortions for Minnesota 2017

Planned Parenthood committed 61.2 percent of the total abortions in the state that same year:

Image: 2017 Minnesota Planned Parenthood abortions

2017 Minnesota Planned Parenthood abortions

New Mexico

Information is not published; previous data published by Live Action News can be found here.

New York

Live Action News previously reported that, in 2015, the percentage of taxpayer-funded abortions in the state increased from 47 to 49 percent, for a total of 42,549 taxpayer-funded abortions that year.

Image: New York Medicaid tax funded abortion 2015

New York Medicaid tax funded abortion 2015

Oklahoma

According to the state’s 2017 induced abortion report, an unknown number of abortions were recorded as being funded by Medicaid. The report indicates that the “cell was suppressed to maintain confidentiality of surrounding entries.”

Image: Medicaid abortions Oklahoma 2017

Medicaid abortions Oklahoma 2017

Oregon

In November of 2018, Oregon voters will decide if their state will continue to fund abortions. Measure 106 would prohibitpublic funds from being spent on abortions, except when medically necessary or required by federal law.

Jeff Jimerson of Oregon Life United recently told KATU that in 2017, the state paid $1.9 million to fund approximately 3500 abortions, an average of ten abortions each day.

According to the Oregonian, abortions are covered under the Oregon Health Plan, “which paid $2.4 million for 3,769 abortions in 2016, according to Oregon Health Authority documents.”

South Carolina

A letter submitted by Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant to The State claims that:

  • Planned Parenthood alone received almost $360,000 from SC taxpayers from 2011-2016
  • From 2011-2015, S.C. Medicaid paid for 29 abortions
  • Since 2011, the state employee health plan has paid for 11 abortions.

South Dakota

In 2016, 17 out of 472 abortions were paid for by a public health plan. According to the the state’s Office of Health Statistics report, the majority of abortions — 83.7 percent — cost between $600 and $699.

Image: SD tax funded abortions 2016

SD tax funded abortions 2016

West Virginia

A summary of Medicaid-funded abortions from 2009 to 2017 was included in a report recently submitted by the Bureau for Medical Services to the West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Government and Finance, as follows:

Image: West Virginia tax funded abortions 2009 to 2017

West Virginia tax funded abortions 2009 to 2017

This list is by no means all state funding.

An analysis published earlier this year by Guttmacher found that “Medicaid was the second-most-common method of payment, reported by 24% of abortion patients. The overwhelming majority of these patients lived in the 15 states that allow state funds to be used to pay for abortion.”

Read part one of this two-part series here.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Shock: More than half of abortions in Medicaid-coverage states are taxpayer funded

Posted in Abortion Funding, Guttmacher, Medicaid abortion, Reproductive Health Investors Allianc, TARA Health Foundation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2018 by saynsumthn

Medicaid, planned parenthood, Title X

The American public is told that their tax dollars do not fund abortion, but this is false. At the federal level, despite measures like the Hyde Amendment, which prohibit federal dollars from paying for abortions, taxpayers still fundabortions in certain instances. “Federal financial participation (FFP) is only available for abortions performed to save the life of the mother or to terminate pregnancies resulting from rape or incest,” a Medicaid spokesperson previously told Live Action News.

But this amounts to more than what it sounds like. According to Medicaid.gov, in 2016 alone, federal dollars were used to pay a total of nearly $50,000 for abortions at the federal level and $31,000 at the state level. However, this figure was down substantially from previous years.

Image: 2016 Tax funded abortions via Medicaid Federal and State

2016 Tax funded abortions via Medicaid Federal and State

Image: 2016 Tax funded abortions via Medicaid Federal and State

Live Action News previously reported that according to national net expenditures published by Medicaid.gov in 2015, taxpayers funded $500,659 for abortions that year under Medicaid assistance programs. Of that total, $327,341 was paid by federal dollars and $173,318 was paid by the states where the abortions were committed.

Medicaid: $500K for abortions, 2015

Americans taxpayers paid even more for abortion in 2014. The net national total of Medicaid program assistance expenditures that year reveals that taxpayers paid $1,204,949 for abortions, with $604,897 picked up federally and $600,052 picked up by taxpayers within the states.

Taxpayers contributed over a million dollars for abortions in 2014

Planned Parenthood‘s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, notes:

  • 17 states have a policy that directs Medicaid to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions.
    • 5 of these states provide such funds voluntarily.
    • 12 of these states do so pursuant to a court order.

Previous Live Action News reports indicate that, in several states including New Mexico, taxpayers are forced to fund late-term procedures (after the 20th week) done for any reason the woman desires. It is important to note that late-term abortions are not being committed solely for health reasons, as is often suggested by abortion proponents and the media.

In New Mexico, undercover audio calls to a late-term abortion facility revealed that facilities in the state will advise women to seek a Medicaid (taxpayer) funded abortion when:

  • there is nothing wrong with “the pregnancy” and the woman no longer wants the baby
  • when the baby has Down syndrome
  • when a minor is impregnated by an adult male predator

Time and again, Live Action News has documented that tax dollars actually increase the number of abortions the taxpayer is forced to finance, many of which are repeat abortions. Reports from the abortion lobby, which tends to see everyabortion as “medically necessary,” reveal the exact same thing.

READ: Why taxpayer funded abortion must end

A recent survey conducted by the Guttmacher Institute revealed that women who have taxpayer-funded abortions tend to have more abortions. It also revealed that the majority of those women were using contraception when they became pregnant. In addition, Guttmacher, which is funded in part by taxpayers, found that Black women had a higher rate of prior abortions.

Guttmacher Prior Abortion Survey

report published by the pro-abortion Reproductive Health Investors Alliance, available on the Tara Health Foundation website, showed that the percentage of abortions by payment, funded by taxpayers in states that do not cover abortions via Medicaid, was just 1.5 percent. However, in the Medicaid coverage states, that figured jumped to 52.2 percent.

Image: Percent of taxpayer abortions Medicaid coverage states (Image credit Tara Health Foundation report October 2017)

Percent of taxpayer abortions Medicaid coverage states (Image credit: Tara Health Foundation report October 2017)

Image: Percent of taxpayer abortions Medicaid coverage states (Image credit: Tara Health Foundation report October 2017)

Percent of taxpayer abortions Medicaid coverage states (Image credit: Tara Health Foundation report October 2017)

The report includes a graph of taxpayer-funded abortion percentages by state from Guttmacher:

Image: Number of abortions that are tax funded (Image credit Guttmacher inside an Oct 2017 report from Tara Health) Foundations)

Number of abortions that are tax funded (Image credit Guttmacher inside an Oct 2017 report from Tara Health) Foundations)

Image: Number of abortions that are tax funded (Image credit Guttmacher inside an Oct 2017 report from Tara Health) Foundations)

Number of abortions that are tax funded (Image credit Guttmacher inside an Oct 2017 report from Tara Health) Foundations)

Live Action News overview on how tax dollars fund abortions by state references a report showing that the state of California’s Medi-Cal program paid for more than 83,000 abortions in a single year. In Minnesota, taxpayer-funded abortions recently increased almost 11 percent, with Planned Parenthood committing the largest portion, despite a record low number of abortions nationally. In Alaska, abortions recently declined 5.5 percent overall, while the percentage of taxpayer-funded abortions increased from 32.8 percent to 44.1 percent in just one year.

Funding abortions increases the number of abortions and increases the long-term effects a woman will potentially suffer after the abortion. Forcing taxpayers to pay to kill babies is immoral and a poor use of hard-earned tax dollars… and it needs to end. In part two, Live Action News will detail abortion funding in a number of specific states.

Abortion strategy to fund abortion and bio-waste facilities, pass legislation

Posted in Abortion Strategy, ANSIRH, Guttmacher, Reproductive Health Investors Allianc, TARA Health Foundation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2018 by saynsumthn

EXPOSED: Abortion groups’ plan to ‘increase supply and demand’ for abortion

A 92-page report on the Tara Health Foundation website should be reviewed by pro-life advocates across the nation, as it details upcoming strategy from abortion supporters, which includes the push for “home use” abortions. Live Action News has previously covered how the philanthropic Foundation is behind funding RU-486 pills on college campuses in California and behind propping up the abortion chain Whole Woman’s Health while it battled safety regulations in Texas.

The “US Reproductive Health Investment Case” report from October of 2017 was put together by the “Reproductive Health Investors Alliance… to determine the most effective opportunities to improve access to reproductive health services… using both philanthropy and impact investments.” The report’s stated goal? “To increase the supply of and demand for… contraceptive and abortion services.”

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Goal

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Goal

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Steering Committee

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Steering Committee

The report includes statistics and analysis from “ANSIRH, the Guttmacher Institute, Ibis Reproductive Health, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

It should be noted that these agencies have abortion connections:

“Experts” who contributed to the report include:

The executive summary begins by pointing out the target:

… specific demographic groups (18-19 year olds, Black [WOC] and Hispanic women, and low-income women) that lag behind the national average in their rates of contraceptive use, the efficacy of contraceptives used and timing of abortion.

Live Action News has documented time and again that minority groups, which have a disproportionately high rate of abortion, are the target of the population control movement.

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance targeting women of color

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance targeting women of color

The report identifies “40 example investment opportunities,” matched to “five challenge-specific investment strategies”:

a) research and development,
b) legislation & litigation,
c) pricing & reimbursement,
d) service provision, and
e) care-seeking by underserved populations

As Live Action News has documented, the report states that, “~50% of abortions are repeat abortions (460K abortions/year)” and it defines “woman” as those “in need of high quality contraceptive and abortion services” though the report “acknowledge[s] that this is a vast simplification.” The report also adds, “The term ‘woman’ does not describe the identity of all persons who can get pregnant; conversely, not all those who identify as a woman can get pregnant.”

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance legislative strategies

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance legislative strategies

Pro-abortion legislative and litigation strategies suggested in the report include:

  • REMS removal strategy (This is the risk management system that governs the abortion pill RU486)
  • TRAP laws removal advocacy
  • Gestational bans removal advocacy
  • Criminality of self-induced abortion removal advocacy
  • Organizing led by women of color
  • Reproductive health or democracy reform PAC donations
  • Reproductive justice PAC donations

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance abortion clinic strategy 1 of 2

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance strategy 1 of 2

Strategies that benefit abortion facilities include:

  • Investment in a biowaste facility that will collect from the facilities
  • Upstream investment to secure supply of firms able to build the facilities
  • Guarantees that enable the facilities to take out market rate loans
  • Readily available real estate or rental agreements for the facilities
  • Facilitate and train NPs, CNMs, PAs to commit abortions
  • Provide funding or loans for independent providers to join a telemedicine network
  • Innovations in telemedicine, mobile services, or at-home services that improve access
  • Provide free pregnancy diagnosis in abortion facilities to combat pregnancy resource centers

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance abortion clinic strategy 2 of 2

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance strategy 2 of 2

Statistics from report unintentionally point to pro-life advances:

  • Since 2010, 338 state abortion restrictions have been adopted.
  • 90% of all U.S. counties lack an abortion provider.
  • 162 abortion providers closed down between 2011-2016. Only 21 abortion facilities opened during the same period.
  • An estimated 16 abortion facilities close each year due to financial challenges.
  • As of 2008, 97% of nonmetropolitan counties lacked an abortion provider.
  • There are an estimated 2,300 to 3,500 CPCs in the U.S. while there are only 1,800 abortion facilities.
  • Pregnancy resource centers outnumber these facilities 2:1.
  • Cost and difficulty getting malpractice insurance for independent providers is one of the biggest financial challenges for already resource strapped abortion facilities.
  • Viewing an ultrasound may contribute to a small proportion of women with medium or low decision certainty deciding to continue the pregnancy.
  • More than a third of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from Medicaid, putting Planned Parenthood at risk if Medicaid funding is blocked.

The report proves the length abortion supporters intend to go to in order to guarantee the “right” to end the lives of tiny humans persons in the womb. And it clearly shows the impact that pro-life legislation, pro-life activism, and pro-life pregnancy centers are having on the abortion industry.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Surprise! Guttmacher survey shows that women who get taxpayer-funded abortions may have more abortions

Posted in Black Abortion Stats, Black Genocide, Guttmacher, Medicaid abortion, Prior abortions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2017 by saynsumthn

| From Live Action News

A survey conducted by the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood‘s former “special affiliate,” reveals that taxpayer-funded abortions were a factor for women who had at least one prior abortion. It also revealed that the majority of those women had used contraception at the time of conception. In addition, Guttmacher, which is funded in part by taxpayers, found that Black women had a higher rate of prior abortions.

The survey, entitled, “Which Abortion Patients Have Had a Prior Abortion? Findings from the 2014 U.S. Abortion Patient Survey,” was described by the authors as “limited research on the characteristics of individuals who have terminated two or more pregnancies.” The report, published by the Journal of Women’s Health in late August, asked women how many prior abortions they had and found that slightly less than half of abortion patients (44.8%) had prior abortions:

Age was most strongly associated with this outcome, and patients aged 30 and older had more than two times the odds of having had a prior abortion compared with those aged 20–24.

Guttmacher Institute researchers Rachel Jones, Jenna Jerman, and Meghan Ingerick say they compared demographic characteristics such as age, number of prior births, race/ethnicity, and education as well as contraception use.

In addition to Guttmacher’s close associations with Planned Parenthood past and present, the study’s authors, all on staff at Guttmacher, are not unbiased. For example, lead Guttmacher researcher for this study, Rachel K. Jones, also serves on the board of directors of the National Abortion Federation, according to her Guttmacher bio.

Race

Authors of the survey discovered that several factors increased the likelihood of prior abortions, including, (in their words) “being black,” “having one or more children,” and “relying on insurance or financial assistance to pay for the procedure.”

 

 

Guttmacher Prior Abortion Survey

The report found that Black women had a higher rate of prior abortions: “Slightly more than half of Black abortion patients had a prior abortion (54%), higher than any other racial and ethnic group.”

  • 54% were Black
  • 39.2% were White
  • 43.7% were Hispanic
  • 42.8% were Other

Sadly, the overall Black abortion rate is disproportionately high and is one of the reasons many pro-life groups believe that abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood may be targeting the Black community.

To date, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, remains a hero to the abortion industry, despite her admission that she met with members of the Ku Klux Klan, advocated eugenics, and supported the use of sterilization to rid the planet of the “unfit.”

Margaret Sanger “hero and trailblazer” according to Planned Parenthood

Contraception

The abortion lobby, including Planned Parenthood and the media, often point to the use of contraception (which includes methods that can be abortifacient) as the best way to reduce abortions. But Guttmacher’s survey seems to indicate that there are holes in this theory. Researchers noted that the majority of women who had a prior abortion had also used contraception, writing, “Only a small proportion of abortion patients (10%, not shown) reported that they had never used contraception,” noting that “[t]he incidence of prior abortion was slightly lower for women who had never used contraception than for those who had….”

But Guttmacher also noted (emphasis added), “The researchers found no evidence of individuals using abortion as their primary method of family planning. The majority of abortion patients (53%) were using a contraceptive method at the time they became pregnant, and those who were not using contraception were no more or less likely to have had a prior abortion.”

Taxpayer funding

Taxpayer-funded abortions also played a significant role in women who say they obtained a prior abortion.

The researchers found that “[p]atients who paid for their abortion procedure with their own funds were less likely to have had a prior abortion than those who used health insurance or received financial assistance.”

Although most women pay out of pocket for abortion care, those who are able to use health insurance may be able to access abortion services more easily and, in turn, more often…

Tax funds increase prior abortions

Several of the circumstances we examined were associated with prior abortion. Compared with patients who paid for the abortion out of pocket, the odds of having had a prior abortion were higher for those who paid for the procedure using (public or private) health insurance (OR: 1.47; 95% CI: 1.29–1.69) and those who received financial assistance (OR: 1.32; 95% CI: 1.15–1.52).

Taxpayer dollars fund abortions

Live Action News previously dismantled the lie that taxpayer dollars don’t fund abortion. Even with restrictions under the federal Hyde Amendment, there are several ways taxpayers fund it:

  • The Hyde Amendment allows for federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortion in certain instances.
  • Title X dollars can fund abortion staff and facilities.
  • State taxpayer dollars fund abortions in 17 states (about 40 percent of the US population) as previously noted.

The hundreds of millions in government dollars Planned Parenthood receives every year are fungible, often freeing up other dollars which would normally be used for salaries, facility rent, and general overhead. The fact is that Planned Parenthood wants the tax payer to fund all abortions even pushing the lie that all abortions are “medically necessary,” as Live Action News has also documented.

In a separate analysis published earlier this year by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” Guttmacher found that “Medicaid [taxpayer funding] was the second-most-common method of payment, reported by 24% of abortion patients. The overwhelming majority of these patients lived in the 15 states that allow state funds to be used to pay for abortion.”

  • 35% had Medicaid coverage.
  • 31% had private insurance.
  • 53% of abortion patients paid out of pocket.

Guttmacher Medicaid Abortion Payments 2017

 

Distance

The authors also found that the likelihood of a woman having a prior abortion decreased the further a patient resided from an abortion facility:

Nearly half of patients who lived less than 25 miles from the facility where they obtained care had already had an abortion, compared with 32% of those who lived at least 100 miles away.

To the former “research arm” of Planned Parenthood, this is not a good thing; it is an indication that more abortion facilities are needed. But abortion numbers are declining, Planned Parenthood is closing facilities left and right, and abortion facilities are closing down across the nation due to shoddy conditions and a failure to provide minimal surgical standards. Between 2007 and 2017, the abortion organization shuttered more than 200 facilities.

In 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards boasted that the organization served three million patients. By 2015, those numbers had dropped by more than 600,000 to 2.4 million (with 11% of that number being men).

And despite government funding nearly doubling from $305.3 million in 2005 to $554.6 million in 2015, the abortion corporation has been decreasing services.

What has increased at Planned Parenthood is abortion, with numbers rising nearly 24 percent from 264,943 in 2005 to 328,348 in 2015. This means that today, Planned Parenthood garners nearly 35 percent of the abortion market share in the country, ending the lives of 900 precious preborn children every day.

What the Guttmacher survey shows is that paying for abortions with taxpayer dollars could actually increase the numbers of abortions a woman may have in her lifetime. And while there may be many factors that go into why a woman submits to more than one abortion, the answer to her problems is never to violently take the life of her preborn child.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Taxpayers in Maryland spend millions on abortions for “mental health”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

Via Live Action News — Article text starts here

Data from the State of Maryland reveals that since 2006, taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions in the state, committed mostly for the vague reason of the woman’s “mental health,” have increased year after year, costing taxpayers almost $48 million.

While the federal Hyde Amendment prohibits federal dollars from paying for most abortions, Medicaid dollars passed to states by the federal government can be used to pay for abortions at the state level.

Live Action News has previously shown how 17 states allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortions in excess of the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions. In addition, since money is fungible, even with Hyde in place, dollars sent to groups like Planned Parenthood can fund abortion centers and abortion staff.

According to a document published by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the State will pay for abortions as long as the provider fills out a form that certifies:

  • continuation of the pregnancy is likely to result in the death of the woman.
  • there is substantial risk that the continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious or adverse effect on the woman’s present or physical health.
  • there exists medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s present mental health, and if carried to term there is a substantial risk of a serious or long lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.
  • this abortion is necessary because the fetus is affected by a genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.
  • this abortion is necessary for a victim of rape, sexual offense or incest and the incident has been reported to a law enforcement agency or to a public health or social agency.

If you review all these reasons — physical health, mental health, life of the woman, and health of the baby — you essentially have abortion on demand, as defined in Roe v. Wade and the companion case, Doe v. Bolton. However, according to the state of Maryland, women eligible for Medicaid solely due to a pregnancy do not currently qualify for a state-funded abortion.

I contacted the state of Maryland to see if they had published statistics on Medicaid funding. What I found, according to several Department of Health and Mental Hygiene documents the state provided, is the following (all the documents are available online here):

LAST THREE YEARS

Between 2014 and 2016,* the average cost of a Medicaid abortion was between $600 and $700.

In the past three years, taxpayers have been forced to spend $16.6 million for 23,395 Medicaid abortions in Maryland.

The largest portion of those procedures — 68 percent (15,979) — were performed at abortion facilities, costing taxpayers approximately $400.00 per procedure.

Maryland abortions from Medicaid

* Although the data for 2016 may not be complete, it showed that claims sent to the state as of November 2016, $5.3 million in tax dollars were spent to fund 7,812 abortions.

TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS INCREASED EACH YEAR 

There are no requirements to report abortions in the state, however, Guttmacher (Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate“) estimates that in 2014, approximately 28,140 abortions were committed.  This means that 27 percent of abortions were paid for by taxpayers that year.

Maryland abortion trends according to Guttmacher

In fact, statistics for previous years indicate that as abortions have decreased in the state, taxpayer-funded abortions are increasing. See data on Medicaid abortions for 2015 and 2014, compared with data from previous years :

  • 2015: $5.7 million in tax dollars paid for 7,932 abortions.
  • 2014: $5.6 million in tax dollars paid for 7,651 abortions.
  • 2013: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for 7,528 abortions.
  • 2012: $5.2 million in tax dollars paid for 7,442 abortions.
  • 2011: $5.4 million in tax dollars paid for  7,177 abortions.
  • 2010: $4.7 million in tax dollars paid for 6,652  abortions.
  • 2009: $3.4 million in tax dollars paid for 4,857 abortions.
  • 2008: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,281 abortions.
  • 2007: $2.2 million in tax dollars paid for 3,580 abortions.
  • 2006: $2.7 million in tax dollars paid for 3,831 abortions.

Note: Data for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 includes all Medicaid-funded abortions performed during the fiscal year, while data for fiscal year 2016 includes all abortions performed during fiscal 2016, for which a Medicaid claim was filed through November 2016. Since providers have 12 months to bill Medicaid for a service, Medicaid may receive additional claims for abortions performed during fiscal 2016. For example, during fiscal 2016, an additional 1,066 claims from fiscal 2015
were paid.

REASONS FOR ABORTIONS

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons Mental Health

Maryland abortions from Medicaid reasons

Out of 7,812 abortions paid for with Medicaid dollars in 2016, none were performed to save the life of the woman, according to statistical data provided by the state.

In fact, almost 100 percent of taxpayer-funded abortions (7,805) were performed because the doctor believed it would affect the woman’s “mental health,” described this way:

“Medical evidence that continuation of the pregnancy is creating a serious effect on the woman’s mental health, and if carried to term, there is a substantial risk of a serious or long-lasting effect on the woman’s future mental health.”

Of the remaining seven, three abortions were recorded because the doctor certified that there was “a substantial risk that continuation of the pregnancy could have a serious and adverse effect on the woman’s present or future physical health.”

Four abortions were due to the fact that “the fetus [was] affected by genetic defect or serious deformity or abnormality.”

Data for previous years showed similar facts.

Out of Medicaid claims received by the state for years 2008 through 2015, “mental health” of the woman appeared to be the default reason abortion doctors gave to justify the taxpayer-funded abortion.

The numbers break down as follows:

  • 2015 : 6,844 out of 6,866; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2014 : 6,589 out of 6,609; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2013: 6,561 out of 6,567 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2012: 5,856 out of 5,861; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2011: 6,375 out of 6,381; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2010: 4,349 out of 4,352; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2009: 3,404 out of 3,407 ; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.
  • 2008: 2,307 out of 2,314; none in which the life of the woman was endangered.

As previously reported, “mental health” of the mother is something that can be determined by the abortion doctor who profits from the procedure — and abortionists who work for Planned Parenthood have stated that they believe every abortion is “medically necessary.”

When the abortion industry says tax dollars will not pay for abortion, this simply is not true. The State of Maryland is just one of many examples of taxpayer funding of abortion. Another example is that of New Mexico, where undercover calls revealed several instances (listed below) in which a late-term abortion facility recommended taxpayer-funded abortions:

  • A caller who said she was 16 and claimed she was impregnated by an older family member
  • A caller who said she was pregnant with a child that had Down syndrome
  • A caller who said she was 26 weeks pregnant and there was nothing medically wrong with “the pregnancy”

 

Live Action News also published an overview on how your tax dollars fund abortions, nationally. That article noted that according to the most recently available report from the state of California’s Medi-Cal program, public funds paid for more than 83,000 abortions there.

In addition, despite abortions falling to their lowest number in 35 years of reporting in Minnesota, taxpayer funded abortions in the state increased almost 11 percent in 2015, with Planned Parenthood performing the largest portion of those procedures. In Alaska, abortions declined 5.5 percent, while taxpayer-funded abortions rose over 34 percent from 32.8 percent in 2015 to 44.1 percent in 2016. Statistics from New York show that taxpayers may be spending their hard earned dollars funding abortions on women who previously obtained one or more abortions.

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From 2008 to 2016, the State of Maryland gave Planned Parenthood over $24 million dollars in taxpayer funds for various reasons, according to data published on Maryland’s Open Data Portal website. Earlier this year, the Maryland Senate approved a bill that would direct funds to Planned Parenthood in the event that Congress defunds the abortion corporation.

“The bill shields Planned Parenthood with $2 million from the State’s Medicaid budget,” reports CBS Baltimore, “and another $700,000 from the general fund should Republicans in Congress succeed in cutting off federal funds,” the news outlet writes.

The alarming numbers show clearly that taxpayers are, in fact, funding abortions. As Congress debates defunding Planned Parenthood, pro-lifers must push for an end to funding the abortion industry with American tax dollars at the state and federal levels.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

New Mexico taxpayers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for abortions

Posted in Late term abortion, Medicaid abortion, Tax Payer Funding of Abortion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

 

Live Action has exposed the fact that taxpayers are, indeed, funding abortion, despite contrary claims from Planned Parenthood and its supporters. In recent articles, Live Action News demonstrated to readers how government dollars given to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood can fund abortion-related services, facilities and staff. The process of fungibility was also explained in a Live Action video:

Previous Live Action News articles have shown how taxpayer dollars actually do fund abortions. According to the most recently available report from the state of California’s Medi-Cal program, public funds paid for more than 83,000 abortions in the state in 2014.

What about other states? In Minnesota, abortions have fallen to their lowest number in 35 years of reporting — but in 2015, taxpayer-funded abortions in the state increased almost 11 percent, with Planned Parenthood committing the largest portion of those procedures.

In Alaska, the Department of Health and Social Services Bureau of Vital Statistics shows that while abortions in that state declined 5.5 percent from 2015 to 2016, tax funded abortions rose over 34 percent from 32.8 percent to 44.1 percent.

And now, we have information about taxpayer-funded abortions in New Mexico.

If you want to know where to get a taxpayer-funded abortion, look no further than an abortion facility’s website. Abortion is a business, which is why facilities publish all possible ways they can be paid for the services they offer — so I did some research by checking out the website for Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), one of the busiest abortion facilities in the state.

Southwestern Women’s Options is one of several centers that will kill a preborn baby through all nine months of pregnancy. As you see in the screen below, the facility website states: “New Mexico Medicaid covers medically necessary abortion procedures.”

So, what does “medically necessary” mean? As I described previously, to abortionists at an abortion business like Planned Parenthood, it means any and all abortions. Why should Southwestern Women’s Options, a notorious late-term abortion facility, think any differently?

New Mexico Southwestern Medicaid Abortion

Undercover calls made to SWO reveal that not only will the late term abortion facility bill abortions to the taxpayer, they will do it even if the person needing the procedure is a minor impregnated by an older relative. The caller in the video below tells a staff member at SWO that she is under 18 years old and later states that she is 16.

Asked how far along into the pregnancy she is, the caller states, “Um, I’m 26 weeks.”

The staff member finds out that the caller has no insurance — not even “New Mexico Medicaid,” according to the recording.

The caller is quoted a fee of $7,500 and is offered a 20 percent discount for assistance, leaving her with $6,000 to pay.

Caller: “If I had Medicaid, would that cover it?”

Abortion Clinic: “Yes.”

Caller: “Could I get Medicaid without my parents knowing?”

Clinic: “Um–there is uh–what’s called emergency pregnancy Medicaid… so you could try that…”

In yet another call, the investigator tells the facility that she is “about 26 weeks” and that there’s nothing medically wrong with “the pregnancy.”

She is then asked by the staff member if she has “insurance or Medicaid.”

Caller: “I do have the pregnancy Medicaid.”

Clinic:” So, if we would start this… next week… well actually Medicaid covers the abortion in the state of New Mexico…”

Caller: “How much is it? I’m just curious.”

Clinic: “Well, you are probably looking at a range from anywhere $8 to $9,000…”

According to the most recent published data from the New Mexico Department of Health for 2014, there were 3,347 abortions recorded by the state for that year, a slight increase of 2 percent from the 2013 numbers. By 2016, the Albuquerque Journal reported that New Mexico abortions had decreased 24 percent since 2010.

But those statistics may not paint the full picture.

According to the state, 2014 numbers only reflected abortions performed on New Mexico residents. Because of the state’s liberal laws regarding late-term abortions, women travel to New Mexico from other states to obtain abortions — and these statistics may not reflect the numbers of those women.

According to the Albuquerque Journal:

Abortions among New Mexico residents, especially women ages 19 and younger, are down dramatically since 2010, but the number of out-of-state women coming here for abortions has doubled in the past three years, according to newly compiled state data.

Nearly 20 percent of the roughly 4,500 abortions performed in New Mexico in 2014 involved women from out of state, according to state Department of Health data.

Tax dollars going directly into the pockets of abortion facilities is evidenced by another undercover call between a pro-life investigator and Southwestern Women’s Options, in which the caller tells the staff member she has New Mexico Medicaid and is approximately 30 weeks pregnant with a baby who has Down syndrome.

The SWO staffer, “Molly,” confirms that the facility would be able to do the three- to four-day procedure and bill the abortion to the taxpayer, via Medicaid.

The caller then asks “Molly” how much the procedure would cost as a self-pay, rather than Medicaid paid.

Clinic: “Out of pocket its anywhere from – it’s kind of – you’re looking at a range in between $10,000 and $16,000, somewhere around there…”

Caller: “But Medicaid does cover it 100 percent,right?”

Clinic: “Yes. Yes.”

A report published by Operation Rescue revealed that “in 2011, New Mexico taxpayers paid for 1,786 abortions, which amounted to $1,127,557.26.”

By 2012, data provided by the group Pro-life ABQ showed that the state had funded a total of 649 abortions (598 of which were late-term), costing taxpayers $177,361.32. (See a chart provided by Project Defending Life here.)

More recent data, provided by the pro-life group Pro-life ABQ to Operation Rescue, shows that by 2013, “811 abortions were billed to the state, costing taxpayers $160,007.51.”

Protest ABQ reported that by 2014, “$241,989.69 of tax dollars were used to pay for abortions in New Mexico.” The article does not estimate how many abortions that would have been.

OR’s article goes on to state that “[t]he largest portion of these abortions” was done at Southwestern Women’s Options:

SWO employs Susan Robinson and Shelley Sella, who reside in California; their net income in 2013 from New Mexico Medicaid was $74,770.78 for performing 335 abortions.

The University of New Mexico performed 126 Medicaid funded abortions in 2013, which cost taxpayers $24,729.65.

According to a statement given by Abortion Free New Mexico, in 2015, New Mexico taxpayers spent $210,628.08 on abortions. (Tara Shaver, the group’s spokesperson, provided Live Action News with the 2015 taxpayer-funded abortion data obtained from the New Mexico State Human Services Department through an Inspection of Public Records Act request in March 2017.)

 

While the federal Hyde Amendment puts limits on taxpayer-funded abortions for only very specific reasons, states can use Medicaid dollars to pay for abortions however they choose.

The U.S. Senate is nearing its debate on defunding Planned Parenthood, the largest chain of abortion facilities in the country, which receives over $554 million state and federal tax dollars annually. Lawmakers should protect taxpayers from becoming complicit in over 320,000 abortions each year — by voting to defund Planned Parenthood permanently.

Contact your U.S. and state lawmakers to encourage them to reroute funding from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, and to urge them to stop funding abortions with taxpayer dollars.

Proposed state laws could reduce Planned Parenthood funding by $7.5 million

Posted in Medicaid Billing Practices, Planned Parenthood Investigated, Pro-life Law with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2015 by saynsumthn

A lawmaker in Wisconsin has introduced two bills that could eliminate at least half of the funding Planned Parenthood gets in the state.

Representative Andre Jacque speaking on the floor

Rep. Andre Jacque is co-sponsoring legislation that will require family planning clinics, most notably Planned Parenthood, to bill Medicaid at the actual acquisition cost when they acquire drugs at the heavily discounted rates available through the Medicaid 340B program.

Jacque contends that providers like Planned Parenthood, which gets over half a billion in taxpayer monies annually, are inflating rates, sometimes “eight times” the actual cost.

The bill would limit providers to a “reasonable” dispensing fee, which Jacque estimates would reduce funding by about $4.5 million.

This change will bring Wisconsin in line with the majority of other states and save millions of taxpayer dollars,” he said.

“This bill simply directs Medicaid 340B-covered entities to charge back to Medicaid/taxpayers the actual acquisition cost of pharmaceuticals they purchase through the program, plus the dispensing fee allowed through the Wisconsin Medicaid program. Many Wisconsin 340B program participants are already following this practice.

The 340B Drug Discount Program is a federal government program created in 1992 that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations/covered entities at bargain basement prices.

Planned Parenthood 340B Medicaid Wisconsin

Wisconsin is one of the most “generous” states in the country in terms of its relatively high allowed Medicaid reimbursement rate with state and federal taxpayer dollars for family planning providers through the 340B Program.

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The Republican lawmaker, who also authored a bill that would prohibit the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts, cites recent Department of Health Services examples of how the Medicaid billing practices have been abused:

    “in reviewing audits of 340B providers with 2010 dates of service, the OIG found discrepancies in how 340B providers billed for Ortho-Cyclen. One hospital-based 340B pharmacy billed Wisconsin Medicaid $15 for 84 tablets and the provider was reimbursed $15. A 340B family planning clinic provider billed Wisconsin Medicaid $95 for 84 tablets on the same date of service and was reimbursed $54.23. The ingredient.costs ascertained from the invoices reviewed from both providers were nearly identical at $12.20 and $12.03 respectively.” In other words, without this legislation, 340B program participants will remain free to charge taxpayers for a drug at a rate many, many times more what it cost them to acquire it.”

“Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has publicly claimed that eliminating their overbilling of taxpayers for drugs acquired through the 340B program would result in a $4.5 Million annual reduction in their subsidy by taxpayers,” Rep. Jacque claims.

The legislation follows a request submitted by 28 Wisconsin State Representatives and 4 State Senators in January calling for an investigation into family planning centers and Planned Parenthood centers in the state.

PPWI request for Planned Parenthood audit

The letter details what it calls “red flags” with providers pointing out that several other states report, “similar findings with Planned Parenthood and other Medicaid family planning providers.

It is peculiar and deeply troubling,” lawmakers write, “that any large recipient of taxpayer dollars would pre-emptively divulge that they are guilty of massively defrauding the government and actively in violation with their billing practices, with no plans to change or reimburse taxpayers–and yet that is precisely what Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is admitting to.”

Recently a HRSA audit conducted on Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, revealed “Duplicate discounts” in the 340B Medicaid program.

Planned Parenthood PA Medicaid 340B

An HRSA audit in 2013 identified a duplicate discount finding for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc. that could potentially result in PPHP owing repayments to manufacturers.

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic 340B medicaid audit

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Representative Sean Duffy introduced a bill into the U.S. House which would stop abortion providers from “unbundling” abortion services so they can submit separate claims to Medicaid.

All too often, abortion providers – such as Planned Parenthood – are able to line their pockets with taxpayer funds by using a complex billing system and taking advantage of programs that rely on provider integrity for compliance,” Rep. Duffy pointed out at the time.

State Rep Wisconsin Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin state representative Jacque told WRN that another one of the bills he is sponsoring would “reprioritize” about $3 million in federal grant money that Planned Parenthood received by having the state Department of Health Services apply for the funding.

There are any number of better public health opportunities that we have, than Planned Parenthood,” he pointed out.

The bills seek to reduce $7.5 million in federal funding at Planned Parenthood facilities across the state.

Profit no matter what ADF Planned Parenthood

A 2014 report conducted by Alliance Defending Freedom outlined abuse and potential fraud by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country as well as other abortion providers, particularly with respect to federal and state Title XIX-Medicaid reimbursements.

The group analyzed publicly available audits which they say, strongly suggest that Planned Parenthood affiliates systematically take advantage of “overbilling” opportunities to maximize revenues in complex, well-funded federal and state programs that are understaffed and rely on the integrity of the provider for program compliance.

They listed a few examples in their Profit No Matter What, report:

    “At Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan (PPSWMI), a May 2010 audit revealed bank statements accumulated for up to six months before being reconciled, and personal expenses such as household bills being paid as company expenses.”
    “In Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Action Fund agreed to pay a $30,000 fine to the Vermont Office of the Attorney General for failing to comply with political committee reporting requirements relating to $119,437 it spent in the 2010 gubernatorial election.”
    “Planned Parenthood affiliates have also been fined or settled in cases involving wrongful death / medical malpractice, failure to report child sexual abuse and rape, and regulatory violations.”

Read that report here.

Nationally, Planned Parenthood has come under fire for the harvesting of aborted baby parts after the group, Center for Medical Progress published two videos of top Planned Parenthood officials bragging how they procure livers, hearts, lungs, and other organs from the children they abort.

It was recently made public that Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, seen in the undercover video above talking about where she will “crush” a little child in the womb to preserve specific organs, is a University of Wisconsin Madison graduate.

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The University has been criticized for their promotion of fetal tissue research.