It has been argued that President Donald Trump is the most pro-life president to hold office in quite some time, perhaps ever, in our nation’s history, and his administration just did something on Friday that only affirms and bolsters that argument.
An organization of community clinics specializing in women’s health and pregnancy care, without offering abortions, just received a federal grant of $5.1 million that typically might have gone to fund abortion-providing Planned Parenthood clinics.
HHS grant for pro-life family planning clinics
According to the Daily Signal, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it would distribute $5.1 million over three years in Title X family planning grant funding to The Obria Group, with the specific intention of expanding the group’s provided services to low-income residents in four California counties.
The Obria Group Inc., and its predecessor Obria Medical Clinics, were first founded by CEO Kathleen Eaton Bravo as an alternative to Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. The organization, which specifically and purposefully does not provide abortions, now runs 21 health clinics and 11 mobile clinics in five states.
“With this grant, the administration has opened up a new avenue of health care choices for low-income and underserved women and their families in California,” said Bravo in a statement to The Daily Signal.
“Many women want the opportunity to visit a professional, comprehensive health care facility — not an abortion clinic — for their health care needs; today, HHS gave women that choice,” she added.
Full-service medical clinics for women
The fully-licensed Obria Medical Clinics provide a whole host of professional services to women, such as abortion education, abortion pill reversals, pre-abortion screenings, health education, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, STD testing and treatment, ultrasounds, and of course, referrals to other doctors and clinics, when necessary.
Interestingly, the organization has also developed a special telemedicine app which allows users to make contact with Obria professionals via email, phone, text and video chats. Ironically, that app from Obria is in competition with a similar app offered by Planned Parenthood that is focused on dispensing the abortion pill RU-486 to anyone who requests it.
“Our goal is to basically say we’re going to build a model of comprehensive, holistic medical clinics so that a woman [facing an unplanned pregnancy] never has to darken the door of a Planned Parenthood again,” Bravo explained.
While some of the grant funding will be used to further expand the medical services offered by the clinics, some of the funding will also go toward a public relations campaign aimed at enhancing the clinics’ branding and informing the public of the options that are available besides Planned Parenthood clinics.
Alternative to Planned Parenthood
Bravo, after having had an abortion in the 1980s, has since dedicated herself to the pro-life movement, and the Obria Group and medical clinics she helped create are an excellent and much-needed alternative to the firm grip Planned Parenthood has held on the family planning sector for far too long.
It is a truly positive development that Trump’s HHS has awarded a grant to Bravo’s organization, and hopefully those funds will be spent wisely in making inroads for the pro-life movement in California as an alternative for those who do not wish to brutally terminate an unexpected pregnancy.