On the side of the angels
When Gov. Ricketts introduced his budget, he wisely directed Title 10 low-income health care funds to benefit comprehensive health care clinics, rather than abortion providers. At long last, Nebraska had the opportunity to get out of the abortion business, to fund life and health rather than the killing of the unborn.
This was met with fierce and venomous opposition from Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Misinformation was promulgated, false news accounts of thousands losing their health care appeared, and pressure was brought against any senator whose constituents strive to protect the lives of the unborn.
Planned Parenthood is already a well-funded organization. In 2015, their national assets were $1.5 BILLION.
They do not provide comprehensive health care; in fact, their health care services other than contraception and abortion have decreased: breast exams decreased 51%, PAP tests 65%, pre-natal services 44% and mammograms are still 0 (Zero).
Yet in 2014 and 2015, they received $553.7 million in government grants and reimbursements. They distribute contraceptives which have been rated by Consumers Digest as of the lowest quality. No surprise, for when the substandard contraceptives fail, clients will return for abortions. Planned Parenthood is in the business of doing abortions, and it is getting rich doing them.
In contrast, comprehensive health clinics for the poor, whether rural or urban, have little or no assets and are often staffed by health professionals who volunteer their time and skills. On May 3, the Planned Parenthood/ACLU army won their victory – Nebraska will continue to fund abortion.
Whether you stand with or against the governor on any other issue, in this effort, Governor Ricketts was on the side of the angels.