Article by Bryan Howard
February 24, 2019
President Trump and his administration of Health and Human Services (HHS) had a final ruling on Title X family planning program. In this ruling they have successfully cut $60 million from Planned Parenthood in federal tax subsidies.
According to Life Site News, “President Donald Trump announced the move last May, which will require facilities providing Title X services to be physically separate from those that commit or refer for abortions. Under the previous rules, Title X services and abortions could “co-locate” in the same center, as long as the abortions were privately funded. Now, the money will be redirected to Women’s Qualified Health Centers that are not involved in abortions, which dramatically outnumber Planned Parenthood locations across the United States.”
LSN continued to note, “According to an HHS press release and fact sheet released Friday, the finalized language requires “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” bans “referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” eliminates a “requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral,” and requires “more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies.””
The department of HHS released a statement, “The final rule amends the Title X regulation, which had not been substantially updated in nearly two decades, and makes notable improvements designed to increase the number of patients served and improve the quality of their care. The Department received and carefully reviewed more than 500,000 comments, and made certain changes to the final rule as a result of its consideration of the comments.”
It is great news that the Trump administration is taking steps to defund Planned Parenthood, but it is far from being fully defunded. Even with a $60 million cut in subsidies Planned Parenthood will still get over $500 million in tax payer money. We did strike a small victory, but the war is far from over and we must continue our battle to stop baby genocide.