The Trump administration’s new rule to eradicate family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortions received high marks from pro-life leaders.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation Feb. 24 that bars the use of Title X money “to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.” The rule, published as a proposal in June, requires “clear financial and physical separation” between Title X programs and non-Title X programs in which abortion is promoted as a method of family planning.
As the federal government’s family planning program, Title X serves about four million Americans — those of low income in particular.
The Protect Life Rule, as it is being labeled, would cut about 10 percent of the government money that goes annually to Planned Parenthood, which reportedly receives $50-$60 million yearly through Title X. The Planned Parenthood Federation of American (PPFA) and its affiliates collected $563.8 million in government grants and reimbursements and performed more than 332,757 abortions in the most recent year for which statistics are available.
PPFA, the country’s No. 1 abortion provider, showed net assets of $1.88 billion at the end of the latest fiscal year.
Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore expressed gratitude for the administration’s action “that states unequivocally that family planning does not include abortion.”
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), called the HHS rule “a responsible step toward our goal of totally separating taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. Without abortion, there would be no Planned Parenthood because, according to their own president, it is their ‘core mission.'”
“We know this profit-driven industry, which devalues human life and exploits families, will do everything in its power to maneuver around this rule as they seek to use taxpayer dollars for abortion,” he said in written comments for Baptist Press. “That being the case, we are thankful for these regulations from HHS and continue to call upon Congress to take legislative action. We will not stop until abortion is no longer supported with even a penny of taxpayer funds.”
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, thanked President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar for guaranteeing Title X “is truly about funding family planning, not abortion.”
Title X “was not intended to be a slush fund” for Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, she said in a written statement.
Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life (AUL), commended the new rule. “It is AUL’s long-time policy position that funds appropriated or controlled by the federal and state governments should be allocated away from the subsidization of elective abortion providers and toward comprehensive and preventive women’s health care,” she said in a written release.
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Source: Baptist Press