The Trump administration is expected to announce today new regulations for the Title X family planning program that reinstates President Ronald Reagan’s “protect life rule” which protects the integrity of the program by preventing the “co-location” of family planning clinics with abortion clinics. This rule will separate abortion centers, such as Planned Parenthood, from the thousands of clinics that provide Title X services without cutting any funds.
“Today marks an important step in protecting the lives of unborn children in the United States. The Knights of Columbus applauds the Trump administration’s announcement that it intends to end the use of Title X taxpayer funding for centers that perform, support or refer abortions,” the KOC said in a statement.
“Americans should not be forced to have their tax dollars fund abortion. In fact, Knights of Columbus Marist polling conducted earlier this year found that most Americans believe abortion is morally wrong and six in 10 want an end to its funding with tax dollars,” they added
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins commented said, “President Trump’s HHS is taking a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry. The new regulations will draw a bright line between abortion centers and family planning programs — just as the federal law requires and the Supreme Court has upheld.”
Ronald Reagan had pushed for the same separation during his time in office, but litigation held up the regulation until Bill Clinton took over. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the regulation was Constitutional so legal precedent is set. The abortion industry is guaranteed to file suit.
“It’s a shame that the federal Title X family planning program has been co-mingled with abortion ever since President Bill Clinton issued regulations not only removing the wall of separation President Reagan issued, but even requiring groups to refer for abortion,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said. “The result is that Planned Parenthood – an organization that’s been under criminal investigation for selling baby body parts – gets roughly $60 million per year through what has become a slush fund for the abortion giant.”
“Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite. Either way, this will loosen the group’s hold on tens of millions of tax dollars,” he added.
“President Trump continues to fulfill his campaign promise that his administration will advocate for mothers and their unborn children every day he occupies the White House and take important steps to ensure taxpayers are not subsidizing the abortion industry,” concluded Perkins.