Utah Representative Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) has said he wants to stop the flow of money from the state to Planned Parenthood, which many other states have recently done. In May, The Salt Lake Tribune provided a brief sketch of the government funding Utah’s chapter of Planned Parenthood receives, and other news outlets have provided related information, but these reports have largely been incomplete or inaccurate.
In this post, I’ll outline Planned Parenthood funding in detail. My sources are the state’s transparency website (transparent.utah.gov), contracts between the state and Planned Parenthood, and conversations with staff from the Utah Department of Health (DOH).
From fiscal year 2009 to 2011, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah received $456,150.21 in federal and state funds, and an average of $152,050.07 per year. Of those total funds, 93.4 percent ($425,553.54) came from the federal government and 6.6 percent ($30,000) from the state of Utah. [pullquote]From fiscal year 2009 to 2011, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah received $456,150.21 in federal and state funds, and an average of $152,050.07 per year.[/pullquote]
Over this same period, Planned Parenthood was awarded a total of $654,746.20 in grants, some of which are yet to be fulfilled, including a new $221,546.20 grant for the “Utah Abstinence Education Program,” which runs through September 2014.
Funds received in the past three fiscal years came through four programs:
- Chlamydia Demonstration Project
- Amount received: $344,788.66
- Funding source: Federal (CDC)
- Purpose and details: Test individuals at high risk for chlamydia, mostly women. No charge for treating initial infection. Must distribute condoms “and other supplies” to “high-risk clients and their partners.” Budgeted $13,676 for condoms. The state has been receiving these funds for 17 or 18 years, and the federal government mandates that the state give 50 percent of them to Planned Parenthood.
- Sexual Violence Prevention Education
- Amount received: $53,033.88
- Funding source: Federal (CDC, HHS)
- Purpose and details: Conduct classes in “culturally competent, developmentally appropriate, and gender specific healthy sexuality education,” specifically using the course Jovenes Sabios, and train male Latino adolescents to teach these classes; hold six information nights to provide parents information about parent-teen communication; present “puberty education” using Growing Up Comes First to 1,200 Utah students ages 9-12 in at least 15 schools of the Granite and Salt Lake school districts and specifically at Mountain View Elementary; train people in Teen Ambassadors program; and “[p]rovide personnel to monitor a statewide toll-free 24-hour-rape and sexual assault crisis and information line.”
- State Primary Care Grants Program
- Amount received: $30,000.00
- Funding source: State (DOH)
- Purpose and details: Provide 160 annual health examinations to Hispanic women in or near Salt Lake County ages 20-45 who are uninsured or underinsured and below 250 percent of the poverty level. Treatment includes Pap smears, breast exams, “family planning counseling and education,” HPV vaccines, “personal plan for prevention of sexually transmitted infections,” and counseling about contraception. “NO [emphasis in original] grant funding will be used for procedures related to termination of a pregnancy.”
- Utah Abstinence Education Program
- Amount received: $27,731.00
- Funding source: Federal (multiple – appropriated through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 known as “Obamacare”)
- Purpose and details: Teach abstinence education to Utah youth. Target population ages 10-16 with focus on Utah juvenile justice system, ethnic groups, or residential areas with high birth rates.
You can see a document with full details of these contracts here.
On an interesting note, as part of its “Sexual Violence Prevention Education” grant, Planned Parenthood received federal money to present to elementary school students its Growing Up Comes First program, which the state school board recently removed from its list of approved materials because of parent complaints that it was inappropriate.
What do you think? Should the state continue to send taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood?