Michael W. Chapman – April 26, 2017
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.