Washtenaw County in Michigan recently faced some budget issues in their annual budget, and had spend about $1 million less on a mental health services request than they would have liked to. They also decided to reduce some staffing, by letting one position go unfilled and to not renew several contracted workers. Other employees took reduced hours, and thus pay. Hey, I get it. Budgets can be tight, and sometimes you have to make tough decisions to ensure you are in a long-term, financially healthy position. According to msn.com, the county is facing a $10.3 million deficit. These decisions and budget cuts were made in September 2019.
So what did Washtenaw County, Michigan do in November 2019? Knowing they had already cut some funding to mental health and were facing a $10.3 million shortfall? They found $100,000 to give to Planned Parenthood to further subsidize their services. Now, I understand that $100,000 here or there won’t make or break a $10 million deficit. But it is clearly being used to make a political statement, and at the same time, does represent real funding. Those three or four county positions they had to eliminate or reduce through attrition? You could probably cover at least two of those positions with $100,000.
According to Michigan Radio, “The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved $100,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood. This comes after a federal rule change that bars Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding. The one-time allocation will help the organization provide reproductive health and family planning services for six months until the public health department can cover such services.”
Wait, what? So they have a budget deficit but they still found money to give to an abortion corporation?
Emily Stumpo, the Michigan Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America and a Washtenaw County resident, criticized this decision, saying, “At a time when Washtenaw County is facing tough decisions about what to cut and whether to raise taxes, it is disgusting that they would find money to fund an ideological, pro-abortion group like Planned Parenthood. If the county wanted to support real healthcare and real options for women and families, they could direct the money towards free medical clinics that provide better services than Planned Parenthood.”
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