#PABudget steals $1 Million from Needy Families Program & Gives it to Anti-Choice Group

Tara Murtha from RH Reality Check discovered that Pennsylvania’s budget has allocated $5.644 million for an anti-choice group named Real Alternatives, “a Pennsylvania-based anti-choice crisis pregnancy center network.”  According to Murtha, the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare transferred $1 million in federal funds allocated to the Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program to Real Alternatives, thus bringing Real Alternative’s total allocation from Pennsylvania to $6.644 million.  

What is the Pennsylvania Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program?  Well, it gives temporary cash assistance, for 5 years, to “pregnant women, dependent children and their parents who live with them and dependent children and other relatives who live with them and care for them.”  Not only is this transference of money an attack against women, it is another outrageous attack against the working class, which is something that Pennsylvania Republicans and Governor Tom Corbett have become accustomed to over the past four years.     

Like Michigan, the state’s proposed 2014-15 budget carves out an additional $100,000 for the organization over last year’s allocation. Unlike Michigan, though, Pennsylvania’s funding bump has gone unnoticed amid daily chaotic reports over the deficit and missed budget deadline—and perhaps because it’s deceptively coded in the budget as a line item called “Expanded Medical Services for Women.”

In all, Pennsylvania’s proposed 2014-15 budget allocates $5,644,000 for Real Alternatives, an 1.8 percent increase over last year.

According to a budget request submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, the state also diverts $1 million of the federal funds received through the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program to Real Alternatives, bringing total taxpayer funding up to $6,644,000.

[h/t RH Reality Check]

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3 Comments on #PABudget steals $1 Million from Needy Families Program & Gives it to Anti-Choice Group

  1. wake up! if men become more responsible what a bright new day will dawn. every baby has a father. std’s are epidemic. abortion is a horrible evil. promiscuity is promoted and inhumane IUD’s and pills are sold for money..exploitation is an industry. the fracking of our bodies. the horrible devices now being inserted in fallopian tubes are crimes against women…how have we allowed ourselves to be divided we must reassess our stand on human rights. there are many inconsistencies which divide the politically right and left. me-ism seems to be the key to the problem. St Thomas Aquinas said, “Wrong can never be justified.” our ignorance is making us victims of exploitation.morality is not the possession of any political group but the need to do what is right to survive. we have gross appropriation of financial resources, gross abuses of power and gross behaviors of drugs and self indulgence on an epic scale which make us weak and vulnerable.China, a country which loves abortion is buying America with funny money. It is time for all reasonable adults to dump the inconsistencies and work for real freedom…responsibility starts with you…NOW.

  2. marilyn k hunt, You are your own worst enemy. Preventing pregnancy, and having the option of a fully invested life, is not ‘evil’, as the GOP/Fox “News”/Religious Right want you to believe. A woman chastising other women. Sad.

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