New State budget cuts $400,000 from Maine Planned Parenthood
On May 22, 2012 At 7:59 am
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The supplemental budget for FY2013 signed into law last week by Gov. Paul LePage cuts $401,430 from the Family Planning Association of Maine (FPA) (see page 14 of Public Law 657). FPA is the largest provider of health cares services to low-income women in the state.
FAP receives about 28% of its revenues from the State ($1,621,481 in 2011). The cut in the FY2013 budget equals about 25% of the State outlay.
Kate Brogan, Vice President of Public Affairs for FPA, estimates that the loss of these funds will result in the closing of seven clinics in the state, which serve approximately 5,900 patients. Most of the closings will occur in rural areas. There are 46 clinics under the umbrella of FPA that in 2011 provided health care services to 27,208 Mainers, 82% of whom qualified for free or reduced fees.
The $400,000 cut has led to praise from the Christian Civic League of Maine (http://www.cclmaine.org/maine-gov-signs-budget-zapping-400k-to-abortion-biz-2/) and the Maine Right to Life Committee (http://mainerighttolife.com/News/newsalerts.aspx).
The Legislature has scheduled a veto date should Gov. LePage veto any bills – it is anticipated that he will veto at least one of the five bond packages passed by the Legislature last week. Should they be called back into session, legislators could try to restore funding at that time – though I wouldn’t count on it.