The Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS) has issued a new proposed regulation blocking states from
defunding Planned Parenthood from federal Title X family planning funds.
The HHS regulation would effectively create a backdoor handout for the
Title X is a federal grant program that provides funds for family
planning services. Many states have passed laws to exclude such funds
from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. While many
Title X grants go to private entities, many states are the main grant
recipient of these funds. Those states realize that money is fungible.
When Planned Parenthood or other abortion clinics receive Title X grant
funding, it frees resources for them to spend more on abortion. The
Title X law itself prevents funds from being used in programs where
abortion is a method of family planning, but nowhere does the law say
that grant recipients must include abortion providers. HHS' new rule is
an executive overreach that is simply without basis in the law.
States should be free to prioritize awarding Title X funding to
health care providers they find most effective at offering comprehensive
healthcare services, including family planning services, without being
forced to comply with a new federal mandate to fill the coffers of
abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood. Some states, in particular,
have chosen to prioritize these family planning funds to health clinics
and community health centers that also seamlessly offer a full range of
healthcare services including family planning, but which also do not
participate in abortion.
Big abortion groups like Planned Parenthood have issued alerts so
pro-abortion individuals have submitted comments to HHS. We need
pro-life people like you to provide comments urging HHS to reject this
extra legal regulation.
Recommended Actions to Take Immediately: Please submit your comment directly to HHS on or before Friday, October 7 to tell HHS to stop punishing states for defunding Planned Parenthood.
Your comments can be filed electronically here.
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