President Donald Trump and House
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).
Although President Donald J. Trump promised to defund Planned Parenthood if elected president, and the GOP House and Senate often claim that they want to defund the group, there reportedly is no language in the continuing resolution to fund the government through next September to defund Planned Parenthood, a group that has performed approximately 81,567 abortions since Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20. That's about 877 abortions per day, 36 per hour, or 1 every two minutes.
The continuing resolution, or CR, is a funding mechanism that -- absent a budget and the regular appropriations process -- wraps federal spending into one package for a set period of time. The deadline for the Congress to pass and the president to sign the CR is this Friday, April 28. If the CR is not signed or it is filibustered, the federal government will shut down.
Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion provider in the United States. In its latest annual report from 2014-15, Planned Parenthood reported a total revenue of $1.29 billion, of which $553.7 million came from "government health services grants & reimbursements," i.e., the taxpayers.
The same report revealed that Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions in 2014-2015. The annual report for 2013-2014 showed that Planned Parenthood did 327,653 abortions. In 2012-2013, Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions.
Take the average of those three years and it equals 326,272 abortions per year. That averages to 27,189 abortions per month, 877 abortions per day, 36 abortions an hour, or about 1 abortion every two minutes.
Since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, Planned Parenthood has performed approximately 81,567 abortions (Jan. 20 - Apr. 23).
Back on Sept. 1, 2016, the Trump-Pence campaign sent a letter to pro-life leaders, inviting them to join Donald Trump's "Pro-Life Coalition." In the letter, Trump said he is committed to, "Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women."
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) put language in the "repeal and replace Obamacare" bill that would have denied Medicaid money to Planned Parenthood for only one year. It would not have ended title X money. But it didn't matter because the bill was so flawed it could not pass in the Republican-dominant House, and so the legislation was not put up for a vote.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. (Screenshot: MSNBC)
Now there is the continuing resolution, which House Speaker Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the GOP-majorities in the two chambers control. But it reportedly does not contain any language to defund Planned Parenthood, and apparently will fund the government -- and Planned Parenthood -- through next September.
Republicans control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
They promised pro-life Americans that if they held all three branches, then they would defund Planned Parenthood because they would finally have a president who would sign the bill.
It seems the GOP has run out of excuses.