Planned Parenthood supporters in Maryland have provided another compelling argument against the organization's pleas to operate at federal taxpayers' expense.
Anxious about Republican efforts to cut Planned Parenthood's federal funding, lawmakers passed legislation that guarantees state money in the case that federal dollars are eliminated. The Maryland law was passed months ago and went into effect on July 1.
According to CBS Baltimore, the funding includes $2 million dollars from Maryland's Medicaid budget and $700,000 from its general fund, "creating a $2.7 million dollar parachute for Maryland patients."
If passed, the Senate's healthcare bill would defund Planned Parenthood on the federal level for one year, sparing taxpayers uncomfortable with the organization's abortion services the task of filling its coffers.
Proponents of Planned Parenthood speak in apocalyptic terms about the consequences of such legislation, but the Maryland law is more evidence that supporters have other options to compensate for the potential loss of federal money. In addition to the organization making heightened bids for private donations, allies across the country could follow Maryland's lead and fund local clinics at the state level in the case that Republican legislation passes.
Yet again, in their efforts to support the organization they say is reliant on federal dollars, Planned Parenthood allies have undermined claims those dollars are the only way to keep its doors open.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.