According to the Associated Press, two Maine groups, Planned Parenthood and Maine Family Planning, withdrew from the federal program last year over a dispute related to using federal funds for abortions. Gideon’s bill would now replace the funding the groups stopped receiving from the federal government with state taxpayer dollars.
the loss of federal funds, Gideon
testified that, “Due to the withdrawal of statewide grantee Maine Family Planning
from the Title X/ National Family Planning Program over the Domestic Gag Rule, Maine’s
family planning network faces a funding shortfall of nearly $2 million. This bill
seeks to replace these lost Title X funds with state funds…”
“This care empowers
Mainers to build the lives and families they envision, to decide when and whether
to become a parent, and to pursue educational and career goals on their own timelines,”
said Gideon in testimony to the Legislature’s Health Care, Insurance and
Financial Services Committee.
Abortion funding restrictions save lives. Maine Family Planning is asking for reimbursement
and ongoing funding of over $2 million Maine tax dollars a year due to its refusal
to comply with the “Protect Life Rule.”‘ The’“Protect Life Rule,”proposes regulations
similar to the “Reagan rules”that were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust
v. Sullivan,” said Lafreniere.
“These new regulations
require physical and financial separation between Title X recipients and abortion
providers. Under these new regulations, abortion centers cannot serve as Title X
family planning centers and recipients cannot refer for abortion. Grantees must
comply with state/local abuse reporting requirements.”
“When you get under the hood of this bill, the title and the purpose is very deceiving. This is about replacing lost Title X funding. Abortion is not healthcare; it does not bear fruit,” said Vachon.
“Once upon a time, Bill Clinton advocated for abortions to be ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ Next thing you know, abortions became ‘a personal choice between a woman, her family, and her doctor with no government interference.’”
“Last session, this legislature passed LD 820 not only demanding that our tax dollars pay for elective abortions for women on MaineCare, but that private health insurance policies covering maternity care also pay for elective abortions. Today, the abortion lobby is all about ‘Loud and Proud: abortion on demand without apology,” Vachon told the committee. “This bill is over-kill. Taxpayers and health insurance policy holders have had enough. Please vote no!”
to provide $3 million in Maine taxpayer funding to abortion providers follows her
push last year to mandate abortions be covered at Maine taxpayer expense under
Maine’s MaineCare (Medicaid) program, as well as mandating abortion coverage
for all private health insurance coverage.
Gideon also successfully pushed through a bill allowing abortions to be performed without a doctor present.
Planned Parenthood has been active spending money in Maine elections in recent years, with just one state level PAC spending more than $1.3 million in State House and Senate races. That spending is dwarfed by the spending from Planned Parenthood’s national group, which spends millions each election cycle in races for United States House and Senate.
bill is still published on the Maine Legislature’s website with only two
sentences saying it is a “Concept Draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208” and
describing the general goal of the bill in one sentence.
A 2017 report on Planned Parenthood’s pay structure revealed that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, who has attended at least one event with Speaker Gideon, is paid almost $1 million per year. The regional CEO for the region covering Maine is paid about $215,000 per year.
The top twelve employees at Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters are compensated more than $4.7 million per year, and the average CEO compensation for regional affilliates is $237,999.