$5.1 Million in Federal Funding Will Really Help This Catholic Clinic Reach ‘Abortion-Vulnerable Women’
On Friday, the federal government granted the California-based Obria Group $5.1 million in Title X funding over the next three years, the first fulfillment of what the Catholic nonprofit hopes will be a major source of funding for its ambitious national expansion.
The anti-abortion clinic, which does not offer abortion services or contraception, says it will use the grant to develop additional medical offerings and expand its reach through the development of its brand. “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,” Obria founder and CEO Kathleen Eaton Bravo told The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s political news site, in an interview last week.
In emails obtained by the watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, Obria president Clare Venegas presented Obria to HHS officials as an affordable, full-service healthcare center for women, providing parenting classes, “abortion recovery,” and referrals with “vetted partners.”