By Barth E. Bracy, Executive Director
Providence, RI—As Christians worldwide celebrated the solemn days of Holy Week, Rhode
Island Governor Gina Raimondo cast her lot for Barabbas.
Responding to federal legislation signed recently, which nullifies an 11th hour regulation by the
outgoing Obama administration seeking to protect federal taxpayer funds for abortion providers,
gubernatorial press secretary David Ortiz told the Providence Journal that Raimondo remains
“committed” to the abortion industry.
In recent years, several states receiving Title X family planning grants have opted to direct those
funds to county health departments, community health centers, or other types of comprehensive healthcare providers, in preference to organizations engaged in objectionable activities, such as Planned Parenthood, which is not only the nation’s largest abortion provider but has also been involved in fetal organ trafficking.
But Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a last-minute rule designed to
block states from redirecting their Title X funds. The regulation took effect January 18, just two days before Barack Obama left office. H.J. Res. 43, introduced in the House by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tn.) and in the Senate by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), restores that option to redirect Title X funds, if a state so chooses.
According to Rhode Island Right to Life executive director Barth E. Bracy, in regard to “Ortiz claims on behalf of Gov. Raimondo that ‘our values aren’t changing.’ I would suggest to Gov. Raimondo that many, if not most, Rhode Islanders oppose giving taxpayer funds to major abortion providers. And I would suggest that Good Friday may indeed have been be an appropriate day for the Governor to reconsider her own values with respect to abortion.”
The Rhode Island State Right to Life Committee encourages our General Assembly to avail of
the freedom restored by Congress for cutting off the flow of federal taxpayer funds to the abortion industry.