HHS unveils Title X regulations to ban abortion referrals, defund Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening keynoted a pro-life gala touting his administration's policies aimed at ending taxpayer support of abortion

President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening keynoted a pro-life gala touting his administration's policies aimed at ending taxpayer support of abortion

"For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding", Mr. Trump said to sustained applause. The proposal represents a fundamental change to the Title X family planning program.

The federal government should abandon its anti-abortion crusade that would only hurt women and their partners. "The Trump administration action corrects this horrendous perversion of the law and restores Title X funds to real healthcare facilities, instead of abortion mills".

The Department of Health and Human Services announced May 18 a regulation that would bar Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or refer for abortions from receiving federal money through the Title X family planning program, according to news reports.

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The new proposed rule, which comes despite strong opposition from more than 200 members of Congress and 110 organizations, has not been released to the public. This has been the case for more than 40 years. Far more consequential is the administration's apparent intention to toughen requirements that abortion and other services be carried out by entities that are separate not only financially but physically. The American Civil Liberties Union and National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association sued HHS this month over tweaks to funding criteria made earlier this year. Here's the bottom line: President Trump loves America and all her citizens.

The policy is similar to one implemented in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, which required a "physical separation" between abortion services and other family planning practices. The administration drastically expanded a global gag rule past year, banning USA global health assistance to any nongovernmental organization overseas that discusses abortion with patients or engages in any advocacy or public education related to abortion.

The truth is, there are many, many non-abortion community health centers that provide robust care to low-income women across the nation.

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Planned Parenthood has announced that it will expand its presence in Nebraska, even as it makes plans to serve almost 8,000 patients without federal family planning funds. Apparently, his proposal would prohibit actual referrals for abortion services while permitting neutral counseling about abortion, as opposed to requiring it, which is the current rule. "Because they don't have enough students to fill a classroom", said Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life. The resounding backlash from abortion-rights groups has been, predictably, both vicious and deceptive. They would be "gagged" from even telling patients that abortion is an option, more or less where they could receive the care for one or what that would entail. Beyond this legislation creating an undue burden on people seeking abortion care, the burden is multiplied for poor and working people who find themselves up against financial, informational and logistical burdens. While the tax money can not be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood's vast abortion business.

The United States spends about $260 million in Title X funds annually for family planning for low-income individuals, and Planned Parenthood is a huge recipient of those funds, as much as $50-$60 million annually. The new regulation is a good start.

Planned Parenthood and other Title X grantees, bent on continuing to misuse tax dollars this way, filed suit claiming the Reagan regulations were unconstitutional.

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