The Trump administration has blocked a stream of taxpayer dollars that ends up in the pockets of planned parenthood.
Family planning clinics responsible for suggesting to women that they have abortions would be stripped of their Title X funding.
In an attempt to stop Health and Human Services (HHS) frim diverting the Title X family planning funding going towards abortions, Planned Parenthood has sued the Trump administration along with 20 states and the District of Columbia. The nation’s largest abortion provider was quickly shot down as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, sporting two President Trump appointed judges, rejected the plea.
“This is a devastating blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings, and other essential care through Title X,” the organization tweeted.
Ahead of a Tuesday HHS conference, the administration formally notified clinics that it will begin to enforce the ban on abortion referrals as well as a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions. Another requirement, that abortion facilities cannot be under the same roof as family planning clinics, will take effect next year.
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said the abortion provider’s “doors are still open.” She then said “We will not stop fighting for all those across the country in need of essential care,” Wen added.
But HHS Secretary Alex Azar told “Fox News @ Night” the administration is just enforcing the law already on the books about abortion.
“For too long that money has been used to subsidize the provision of abortion contrary to statute. Congress has said that you cannot support abortion as a method of family planning,” Azar said in June. “We’re just finally enforcing it.”
“We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for acting decisively to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion industry, as willed by the American people,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “A strong majority of Americans have consistently voiced their opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion – it is even unpopular among Democrats and self-described pro-choice Americans.”
Dannenfelser also stated that the SBA List has complete confidence that Trump’s administration will “ultimately prevail” in defunding Planned Parenthood altogether.
The pro-life movement, which opposes abortion, celebrated the Trump administration’s move and the court’s decision.
“Ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for common-sense health care,” Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life, said in a statement. She continued that implementing the abortion restrictions “makes sense” considering the funds “misused by abortion vendors to sell abortions to unsuspecting women.”
“Planned Parenthood has violated the spirit of the Title X family planning program for years by collecting millions of dollars while they marketed abortion,” Hawkins added.
“Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for commonsense healthcare.”
Title X serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, about 40 percent operated by Planned Parenthood, and the program provides about $260 million a year in grants to the clinics.
Another huge win for the Trump Administration, putting them one step closer to completely ending the baby killing for profit that is Planned Parenthood.