Gov. Pete Ricketts will propose withholding state funding of any health clinics which offer abortion services, in effect preventing federal funds from flowing to Planned Parenthood.
The governor’s office has announced the governor on Wednesday will propose a revision to how federal Title X healthcare funding is distributed. No health clinics would receive funding unless they “are truly separate and independent of any entity that performs abortions.”
“Nebraska is a pro-life state, and the state’s budget should reflect those values,” Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “This year, I am recommending that the Legislature revise the State’s distribution of federal Title X healthcare funds to ensure that no funds are used to subsidize abortion. Thanks to action by Congress, Nebraska can now take new steps to protect unborn life by ensuring that these dollars are not used to fund abortion.”
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services distributes the $1.9 million in Title X funding, with some of the funding going to healthcare providers which also perform abortions.
The action by the governor comes after President Trump signed a resolution giving states greater latitude in the distribution of the money. It would prevent state family planning funds from going to Planned Parenthood and any other clinic which offers abortions.
The budget recommendation will be formally made by the governor during his State of the State address to the Unicameral Wednesday morning.