LePage Cut $400,000 From Maine’s Planned Parenthood Affiliate.
LePage Signed Maine’s 2013 Budget Which Cut $400,000 From The Family Planning Association Of Maine, An Affiliate Of Planned Parenthood. According to Life Site News, “The state of Maine has defunded family planning services, depriving an organization affiliated with Planned Parenthood of $400,000. Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, signed a budget Wednesday morning designed to erase the state’s $83 million shortfall. One of the structural changes deprived Family Planning Association of Maine of $400,000 in taxpayer revenues.” [Life Site News, 5/18/12]
Maine Family Planning Raised Awareness To Prevent Unintended Pregnancy In Maine, And Provided Health Care Services To Limited Or Low Income, Limited Income And Uninsured Mainers. According to Maine Family Planning, “For over 40 years, the Family Planning Association of Maine (FPA) has been leading the charge to raise awareness and to prevent unintended pregnancy in Maine. We provide vital health care services to Mainers, especially people with limited or no income and those who are uninsured.” [Maine Family Planning, Accessed 2/25/14]
“Maine Right To Life” Praised The Budget Deal And Said It Was “A Great Day For Maine’s Unborn And Their Mothers” Because It Prevented The “Wholesale Destruction Of Innocent Human Life.” According to Life News, “Staff at Maine Right to Life showered the governor with praise. As you know, the Governor’s 2013 budget defunds Family Planning Association of Maine and Planned Parenthood in the amount of $400,000. Thank you, Governor LePage,’ the group told LifeNews. ‘We are thankful for the passage of this pro-life budget, and ask that you send Governor LePage a note of appreciation. We are thankful for the passage of this pro-life budget, and ask that you send Governor LePage a note of appreciation.’ ‘This is a great day for Maine’s unborn and their mothers, who are better served by providers not compromised by the wholesale destruction of innocent human life. Abortion is not healthcare. We believe Maine women and their children deserve better,’ the pro-life group added” [Life News, 5/16/12]