Women in Philadelphia are being paid to have babies – this is real life, not a movie

March 23 – If you’re bringing a baby into the world in Philadelphia, you could make bank from the city. We know this sounds like a joke or a movie plot, but it’s true. 

The City Health Commissioner in Philadelphia announced yesterday a pilot program will be initiated that would pay women $1,000 a month while they’re pregnant and even after. 

The total money provided would be $18,000 per woman and it would include 250 women. It’s private funds – no public money is being used for this. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I’m always skeptical when I hear of social experiments. Apparently some places in Canada and San Francisco are doing this.”

The program allegedly leads to an increase in healthy births. 

Birth rates are at an all-time low around the country, particularly in Philadelphia. 

Barkdoll said, “Some of these city officials are saying we’ve got a problem, could this be an experiment that would lead to more births. Not a fan of this.” 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Here we go. Throwing more money at an idea when why would you want to bring a baby up in Filth-adelphia at all? It’s a war zone there. All people are trying to do is run away from stuff. You’re also not doing any kind of study on why are they not having babies? Why is the birth rate low?” 

PA Representative Rob Kauffman said, “Did they ever think of abortion as being a reason? They are promoting abortion in these communities. So I guess the question is are they going to provide this program and disclose this program at the Planned Parenthood facilities where they’re promoting abortions? And say here’s an option to having an abortion. I’m all about life. I celebrate life. I’ll celebrate life any day of the week. If they want to offer this at the Crisis Pregnancy Centers and at Planned Parenthood to say, hey, instead of Planned Parenthood making $650 on your abortion, here’s a program that will help you have this baby.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “We have to note this is an equity program. This is about the problems in disparity between certain groups of people and infant mortality. Ironically we also know sadly there’s a disparity with abortion as well. I wonder why they never talk about that gap? Because there’s a lot more minority babies killed in abortions than there are the majority. So again I kind of don’t mind this. I would like for women to understand how precious that pregnancy is even if it means giving monetary awards. It is going to go to certain communities. I don’t really know if that passes constitutional muster, but that is the goal here. It says they’re being crushed by generational poverty and systemic racism.” 

Kauffman said, “They’re being crushed by the systemic racism of Planned Parenthood in trying to abort all of their children. So maybe this can help change the tide.” 

Jansen said, “I would agree the systemic racism of Planned Parenthood has been there and continues to be there.”