The state of Connecticut would reimburse a regional Planned Parenthood affiliate if Congress strips the national organization of its federal funds, the website CT News Junkie reported Thursday.
According to the report, during a visit to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Connecticut, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D) said that her state would grant $6 million to Planned Parenthood of Southern New England if Congress blocks Planned Parenthood from receiving federal Medicaid funds.
“If and when we get a budget there’s language in there that says we’ll do as much as we can, if Planned Parenthood is defunded,” Wyman said, CT News Junkie said.
Wyman confirmed the report in a tweet, describing Planned Parenthood of Southern New England as an “important healthcare partner.”
— Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (@LGWyman) August 10, 2017
Malloy and the state’s Democratic Party also confirmed the report on Twitter:
CT Stands with Planned Parenthood - regardless of what happens in Washington. https://t.co/OpwmDVvcAX
— Dan Malloy (@DanMalloyCT) August 11, 2017
Another reason to elect Dems at the state level: CT would save Planned Parenthood if Congress defunds ithttps://t.co/E3J1FJ0j2e
— Connecticut Dems (@CTDems) August 11, 2017
Meg Green, a spokeswoman for Malloy, told CT News Junkie, “In Connecticut, Planned Parenthood provides tens of thousands of women and families access to low-cost, quality health care — from family planning services to critical cancer screenings.”
“That’s why Gov. Malloy felt strongly it was important to include a provision in his budget to address a shortfall should federal dollars be restricted,” Green said. “We will continue to advocate for such a provision.”
— PlannedParenthoodSNE (@PPSNE) August 9, 2017
According to its website, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England has 17 clinics in Connecticut.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.