Controversy arose earlier this year when the Trump administration awarded a $1.7 million family planning grant to The Obria Group, USA Today reported back in March. Obria, a non-profit organization based in California, is a network of pro-life health clinics which provides “proactive, life-affirming services to those in need,” according to their mission statement, which can be found online. Unlike their heavily funded competition, Planned Parenthood, Obria refuses to provide abortions or contraceptives.
The same day the grant was announced, the Department of Health and Human Services also noted their decision to cut the amount of funding going to several Planned Parenthood affiliates. As a result, there was even more backlash from abortion proponents, who claimed Planned Parenthood clinics were being “stripped of funding,” according to USA Today.
“This continued attack on Title X will result in dismantling our nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, risking access to comprehensive health care for millions of low-income women and families,”
Lena Wen, then-president of Planned Parenthood said in an online statement.
Founder and CEO of The Obria Group, Kathleen Eaton Bravo, celebrated the change in funding when it comes to abortion clinics versus pro-life clinics, arguing in a written statement that “many women want the opportunity to visit a professional, comprehensive health care facility — not an abortion clinic — for their health care needs.” Bravo continued to say that by giving funding to pro-life clinics, “[it] will give them that choice.”
Obria has 21 health clinics and 11 mobile clinics run by over 70 licensed professionals across five states, according to USA Today. The grant, which is part of a bigger $5.1 million grant over the next three years, will be used to expand their services to low-income families and women across four California counties.