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.