We applaud today’s action by the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in keeping this Administration’s pledge to American taxpayers that no funds would go directly, or indirectly, to support abortion.
HHS’s announcement that it will be bringing back a Reagan-era regulation dealing with family planning funds and abortion responds to the cry of millions of Americans who want their government to support life, not death. Six in ten Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion.
Title X is for family planning services – and abortion is not family planning.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion-providing organizations are now realizing that all government funds come with strings. With this rule change, no Title X money can be used to fund abortions. In other words, if they’re going to continue accepting Title X dollars, Planned Parenthood and other similar organizations must separate – physically and financially – their family planning services from their abortion business. Planned Parenthood is more than poised to do that: according to its 2016-2017 annual report, it has net assets of more than $1.6 billion. This is simply the cost of doing business with taxpayer money.
To date, the nation’s largest abortion provider has consistently refused to separate its abortion facilities and personnel from the facilities and personnel involved with its Title X services. That’s not accountability; it’s evidence that taxpayers are subsidizing Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.
It should be noted that Planned Parenthood receives several hundred million dollars annually in federal and state Medicaid funds that must end. Nevertheless, today’s action with regard to accountability in Title X is a great start.
When these proposed regulations are finalized, the American taxpayers will once again see a large loophole closed on the abortion industry that has allowed it to dip its tainted hands into the federal treasury to indirectly subsidize the grisly business of killing preborn babies.