While Washingtonians watch in shock as their leftist state politicians go on an ideological bender, on the Congressional front, they are as close as they have ever been to seeing Planned Parenthood stripped of federal funding.
Indiana Congressman Mike Pence has an amendment to the federal budget that would prohibit tax dollars going to the country's largest abortion chain.
The legislation this time is different from previous Pence efforts. It is amendment number 11 to "House Resolution 1", the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government.
His previous bills to strip Planned Parenthood of its access to over $300 million of taxpayers' money have focused specifically on Title X, the Family Planning budget. But as we have researched and reported, PP has pivoted in recent years to get most of its revenue from Title XIX, or Medicaid.
In laymans' terms, PP is getting most of its money as insurance reimbursements for services provided, not annual block grants.
Amendment 11 does not specify any government program or how the money is used or talk about types of organizations. It just flat-out lists 102 Planned Parenthood affiliates by name and says no money authorized under the bill -- the whole federal budget -- shall go to these organizations for any reason.
Washington State has four PP affiliates, but two main ones: Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGN), and PP of Greater Washington (PPGW). PPGN is second on Pence's list. PPGW features later on. The smaller affiliates and political organizations are also specified.
We have filed public records requests and discovered that PP affiliates of Washington receive $20-$30 million of taxpayers' money every year, most of it from the federal treasury, which, as you may have heard, is $14 trillion in debt.
PP is constantly reorganizing its affiliates and reincorporating new organizations. Some experts have speculated that they will immediately reincorporate under new names and skirt this new law, which is up for a vote today or tomorrow, and has a very good chance of becoming law.
Ironically, if the bill passes, the abortion industry will be getting what they have always said they want (but never actually meant): Getting the government out of abortion.