Trump Administration has Redirected Taxpayer Funds Away from Nearly 900 Facilities that Promote or Perform Abortion

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A pro life administration can make all the difference when it comes to advancing pro life policies and protecting human life in its various stages. 

A new report indicates that the Trump administration has been responsible for de-funding almost 900 facilities that either promote or themselves perform killing babies in abortions. 

You will recall that in May of last year, the Trump administration announced a proposed “Protect Life Rule” rule filed with the Office of Management and Budget that would cut Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider’s access to Title X funding unless it separates abortion from the other services that it claims to provide. The proposal did not defund Planned Parenthood per se, as long as the organization was willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion, as required by Title X law. However, as a member of the Trump administration said in an interview shortly after the announcement last year, “any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.” 

Of course, Planned Parenthood challenged the proposal legally, but eventually federal courts upheld the proposal. This led to Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists leaving the Title X program, meaning that they gave up $60 million in taxpayer funds. 

Recently, an extensive report was produced detailing just how many abortion centers lost taxpayer funds.

Power to Decide, a pro-choice organization that works to prevent unplanned pregnancies, says in a new report that 876 clinics across the country have lost funding. Among them are clinics tied to Planned Parenthood, which announced in August it would forgo federal funding rather than abide by the rule.

The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services this year began enforcing the new rule, which “prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”

“These centers must now decide between two options: accept funds to support their patients who might not otherwise be able to afford family planning care or withhold information from patients about abortion services,” Power to Decide said in its report.

But the Department of Health and Human Services said clinics that opted out of funding were choosing to “place a higher priority on the ability to refer for abortion instead of continuing to receive federal funds to provide a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services.

A Marist poll released in January of this year found that the overwhelming majority of Americans think that abortion should be more heavily regulated. 

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