California’s treasurer announced Monday, newly approved plans to allocate a hefty multimillion-dollar state grant to hundreds of Planned Parenthood facilities and community clinics across the state.
Planned Parenthood’s CEO says the federal threat to defund reproductive healthcare has already forced the closure of Planned Parenthood facilities and more are on the cusp of shutting down. But critics say there’s more behind it.
“Funding for vital healthcare services for the underserved is being threatened today by a Republican Congress,” said John Chiang.
State Treasurer John Chiang and Democratic lawmakers, announced a $20 million emergency grant for California’s health clinics, facing defunding threats from the feds.
In Northern California, budget problems forced the closure of three Planned Parenthood clinics in recent weeks, but clinicians worry hundreds of facilities face the same fate.
“Many are on the cusp of closing,” said Planned Parenthood CEO Kathy Kneer.
“This is fake news,” said Al Rhomberg of Californians for Parental Rights. Al Rhomberg claims these clinics don’t need more money.
“$20 million is chicken feed. This is just a political ploy to give some idea there’s some danger, they’re going out of business, they close clinics all the time for business reasons,” he said.
So how much state and federal funding goes to Planned Parenthood clinics each year?
In 2017, California Planned Parenthood affiliates will receive about $330 million. Approximately $60 million comes from the state. Close to $200 million is federal funds.
“They also have a certain percentage of their budget that comes from private paid clients,” said Sonja Petek of the Legislative Analyst’s Office.
Full story at CBS Local Sacramento.