According to new reports, the Trump administration has found a way to cut some of the taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, something that’s likely making the organization sweat.
An official from the administration recently spoke with The Weekly Standard and stated that they will be pushing a rule that will prevent $260 million a year in Title X funds that are marked for contraception and “other family planning” initiatives from landing in the wallets of abortion providers.
This is absolutely something that needs to be done as soon as possible.
“The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning,” an administration official told the Weekly Standard.
Title X explicitly states that “none of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” However, as the Weekly Standard points out, since Title X was first enacted in 1970, the law has been interpreted to “allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies — so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions.”
The Reagan administration attempted to reestablish the separation between Title X programs and abortion providers in 1988, but the new regulation was challeged in court. While the Supreme Court eventually held up the regulation in a 5-4 ruling, it was never enforced. When Bill Clinton won the presidency, he killed the regulation and no succeeding administration has reinstated it. The Trump administration appears poised to do just that.
“Unlike the Reagan regulation, the proposal will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion, but neither will it include the current, potentially illegal mandate that projects must counsel and refer for abortion,” the administration official told the Weekly Standard. “This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law. Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.”
Planned Parenthood is a disgusting organization that not only profits off the murder of the unborn, but also off their dismemberment, selling body parts of dead children to make a quick buck.
There’s no way a group like this, who provides services that many Americans find repulsive, should be funded with taxpayer dollars without consent. Since you can’t really make a system where taxpayers choose how their money is being spent, then this organization simply shouldn’t be funded by tax money at all.
Let’s hope this measure gets implemented soon.
Source: The Daily Wire
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