MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra delivered a half a million dollars to a Planned Parenthood facility in New Hampshire this month, telling the abortionists that the Biden administration has “got your back.”
WMUR reports that Becerra made the visit on March 4 to deliver a “dire need” grant of $500,000 to the facility, which commits abortions onsite, under the federal Title X “family planning” program. The grant was ostensibly awarded to make up for state taxpayer dollars previously denied to the facility by the New Hampshire Executive Council.
“We’ve got your back,” Becerra declared. “And there have been some challenging times. I don’t think they’re over, but you hung in there, and we hope to make a commitment to you that we’re not going to leave.”
“I hope we can stress that…this is about health care,” added U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), suggesting that the funding was about “annual exams, cancer screenings, STI treatment[.]”
Abortion advocates insist that tax dollars given to abortion-involved facilities for other purposes don’t support abortions, but pro-lifers warn that such subsidies ultimately enable abortion groups to commit more abortions by freeing up money from their other revenue services. Duke University healthcare analyst Chris Conover estimated in 2015 that taxpayers ultimately cover almost 25 percent of all abortion costs, despite federal restrictions on direct abortion funding.
Additionally, legitimate providers of women’s health services typically dwarf abortion-involved facilities across the country. As of 2015, federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics outnumbered Planned Parenthood facilities 52 to five in New Hampshire. Today, Planned Parenthood still has just five locations in the state.
“Planned Parenthood of Northern New England doesn’t need Title X money,” New Hampshire Right to Life said last December. “According to their 2019 financial statement (the most recent year available), of the $28.3m received as revenue that year, only $17.9m went to direct patient services, while $10 million went to profit, lobbying, fundraising, and administration.”
Nevertheless, Becerra and President Joe Biden have made it a priority to promote abortion-on-demand, from the launch of a HHS Reproductive Healthcare Access Task Force charged with normalizing abortion, to the gutting of Trump-era restrictions on funding abortion facilities through Title X.