The Planned Parenthood abortion chain closed three facilities in Washington state already this year amid financial struggles and declining patient numbers.
Crosscut reports Planned Parenthood facilities in Kent, Shelton and First Hill permanently shut their doors this winter, and six more could close soon, too.
The abortion chain blamed the coronavirus pandemic and low reimbursement rates in the state Medicaid program for the closures. Rebecca Gibron, the chief operating officer of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, said they saw fewer patients last year because of the pandemic, and their budget suffered.
Now, Planned Parenthood is lobbying state lawmakers to increase reimbursements through the state Medicaid program so that they do not have to close more facilities, the report states.
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“This is the last place we wanted to go, to have to close health centers — but here we are,” Gibron told the news outlet. “We’ve been asking for these increases for years, and we’ve just hit our breaking point.”
Washington state is controlled by pro-abortion Democrats, and Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion chain that did more than 354,000 abortions last year, has the support of a number of lawmakers already.
According to the report, Gov. Jay Inslee, a pro-abortion Democrat, proposed a Medicaid rate increase for family planning in his 2021 budget. If it passes, more tax dollars would be used to pay for abortions. Washington is one of 16 states that forces its taxpayers to fund elective abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
State Rep. Nicole Macri, D-Seattle, told the news outlet that she also supports the rate increase because the Planned Parenthood closings are a crisis.
Part of her reason is because she believes it is cheaper to spend tax dollars on aborting the unborn children of low-income women than it is to support these mothers and children for years through Medicaid.
According to the report:
Macri added that the state stands to incur significantly higher health care costs if Medicaid patients carry unwanted pregnancies to term, or if they miss screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases.
This eugenic, discriminatory attitude of putting money ahead of children’s lives is nothing new for Planned Parenthood and its supporters. The billion-dollar abortion chain’s founder, Margaret Sanger, described the poor, immigrants and racial minorities as “weeds,” “reckless breeders” and “morons” who should not have children.
Despite its leaders claims, Planned Parenthood does not provide much basic health care. Its “core mission” is aborting unborn babies. And its own annual reports show that the few actual health services that it does provide, such as birth control, cancer screenings and sterilizations, have been dropping steadily in recent years.
Its most recent annual report showed a record 354,871 abortions coupled with an on-going decrease in prenatal care and adoption referrals. According to research by Michael J. New, a research associate at The Catholic University of America, Planned Parenthood aborts 133 unborn babies for every one adoption referral.
Meanwhile, community health centers outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by 20 to one and provide comprehensive health care, including dozens of vital services that the abortion chain does not.