Taxpayers footing the bill for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid abortions

For several years, statistics have shown that while abortions overall have been on the decline, the number of those which are funded by taxpayers has increased. New York is just one of several states in which taxpayers are funding Medicaid abortions, and the data shows that some of these were “repeats” — committed on women who had at least one previous abortion.

The Federal Hyde amendment prohibits taxpayers from paying for most abortions (although it does allow the funding in certain cases), but states can spend Medicaid dollars however they choose. In New York, they spend those dollars on abortion.

New York pays for Medicaid abortions

New York pays for Medicaid abortions

Casey Mattox, former director of the Center for Academic Freedom at Alliance Defending Freedom, noted in a a 2015 article from the Federalist:

New York requires its taxpayers to pay for elective abortions through Medicaid, but these…are still not supposed to be paid by federal taxpayer dollars because of the Hyde Amendment. But [state] audits have revealed that New York, and apparently Planned Parenthood specifically, was billing federal taxpayers for elective abortions.

A breakdown of induced abortion from the New York Department of Health reveals that, in 2012, 44 percent (42,753) of New York’s 97,502 abortions were financed through Medicaid.

New York Medicaid abortion information

In 2013, although the total number dropped to 94,326, Medicaid funding of abortion increased. That year 43,066 women, nearly 46 percent of all abortions, were financed using taxpayer dollars through Medicaid.

New York Medicaid abortions 2013

By 2014, additional increases can be seen, with 47 percent of women using taxpayer dollars. The data also showed that while the total number of abortions had decreased from the previous year to 93,300, there was an increase in Medicaid funded abortions (43,913) in 2014 year as well.

New York Medicaid abortions 2014

By 2015, currently the last year of available data, we see another slight decrease of reported abortions from 2014, dropping to 86,627. We also see a slight decrease in the numbers of tax funded abortions, dropping to 42,549. However, the percentage of tax funded abortions increased from 47 percent the previous year to 49 percent in 2015.

Image: New York Medicaid tax funded abortion 2015

New York Medicaid tax funded abortion 2015

Of course, it is not only New York’s taxpayers who are paying for this: it is also federal taxpayers.

To learn the extent to which taxpayer dollars are funding this human rights violation, look no further than websites from the abortion industry, including Planned Parenthood. The website of the abortion corporation’s New York affiliate clearly shows how easy it is to get a taxpayer funded abortion through Medicaid:

Planned Parenthood New York Medicaid abortions

While we do not know the exact number of taxpayer-funded Medicaid abortions committed on women who already had at least one, the math is simple: the number of women who had not experienced a previous abortion was smaller than the number of those funded by Medicaid. And the total number of women who had experienced one or more abortions at the time they used Medicaid was much higher. (The report notes, “Categories will not add to Total Number because of unknown information.”)

  • In 2012, 35,249 women stated they had not had a previous abortion, while 51,033 revealed they had.
  • In 2013, 36,658 women said they had not had a previous abortion, while 50,326 revealed they had.
  • In 2014, 36,643 women said they had not had a previous abortion, while 48,345 revealed they had.

The number of women in New York who said they had experienced multiple abortions are staggering, revealing that taxpayers could indeed be funding a great deal of multiple, or “repeat” abortions. For many women who have “repeats,” abortion is being used as birth control — in these cases, paid for by the taxpayer.

Women reporting repeat abortions in 2012:

  • One previous – 21,343
  • Two previous – 13,637
  • Three previous – 7,448
  • Four previous – 3,806
  • Five or more previous – 4,799

In 2013:

  • One previous – 20,682
  • Two previous – 14,092
  • Three previous -7,373
  • Four previous – 3,762
  • Five or more previous – 4,417

In 2014:

  • One previous – 20,300
  • Two previous – 13,712
  • Three previous – 6,789
  • Four previous – 3,546
  • Five or more previous – 3,998

Live Action News previously reported that 17 states allow tax dollars to fund abortions despite the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions. In addition, since money is fungible, even with the Hyde Amendment in place, dollars sent to groups like Planned Parenthood can (and do) fund abortion centers and staff.

On May 18, 2018, President Trump announced proposed changes to the Title X regulations that would take $50-$60 million away from Planned Parenthood annually. However, the new rules do not touch Medicaid funding, and Planned Parenthood still needs to be fully defunded.

Defund Planned Parenthood

An overview on how tax dollars fund abortions nationally references a report showing that the state of California’s Medi-Cal program paid for more than 83,000 in a single year. In Minnesota, taxpayer funded abortions in the state increased almost 11 percent, with Planned Parenthood performing the largest portion, despite a record low number of abortions. In Alaska, abortions in the state declined 5.5 percent, while tax funded ones rose an incredible 32.8 percent to 44.1 percent. In New Mexico, undercover audio calls to a late-term facility revealed that facilities in the state will advise women to seek a Medicaid (taxpayer) funded abortion when:

  • there is nothing wrong with “the pregnancy” and the woman no longer wants the baby
  • when the baby has Down syndrome
  • when a minor is impregnated by an adult male predator

It is imperative that pro-life Americans contact their state and federal legislatures to demand that they guarantee to the taxpayer that all public funding of abortion is eliminated.

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