President Donald Trump has proposed a fiscal year 2019 budget in which taxpayer dollars would be directed away from the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Since becoming president, President Trump has taken multiple actions to defund the nation’s biggest abortion company. On his third day in office he reinstated a pro-life policy that revoked tens of millions of dollars from International Planned Parenthood. President Trump has also signed legislation that would help states defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company as well.
Now, President Trump has put forward a budget proposal that would prohibit certain abortion companies like Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds. That proposal applies to the Title X Family Planning program and Medicaid, as well as other HHS programs.
From page 56 of his budget proposal, comes the following language:
Prohibits Certain Abortion Providers from Receiving Federal Funds.
The Budget includes provisions prohibiting certain abortion providers from receiving Federal funds from HHS, including those that receive funding under the Title X Family Planning program and Medicaid, among other HHS programs.
Weather the budget would be approved by Congress is another story. While pro-life Republicans have repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood they have been thwarted in the Senate by pro-abortion democrats and a handful of proportion Republicans who have been able to stop pro-life Republican leaders from ending debate on a defunding measure and sending it to president Donald Trump’s desk to sign. Trump has promised to sign the legislation if Congress can get enough votes to send it to him.
Leading pro-life organizations are hopeful that the 2018 election cycle will yield a couple of more pro-life votes in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood.
Here is an overview of President Trump’s pro-life record since being elected president.
- Within a week of taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry and its advocates.
- President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund.
- President Trump signed H.J. Res. 43 into law, overturning a midnight regulation by the Obama Administration, which prohibited States from defunding certain abortion facilities in their Federally funded family planning programs.
- President Trump expressed strong support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have stopped late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy—the point at which science tells us that an unborn child can experience pain.
- President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
- President Trump rescinded an Obama-era policy that hindered States in their efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law or fail to meet relevant standards of care.
In January 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced three major policy changes to protect freedom of religion and the rights of pro-life doctors and nurses, including:
- forming a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, providing HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom; and
- proposing to more vigorously enforce 25 existing statutory conscience protections for Americans involved in HHS programs, protecting Americans who have religious or moral convictions related to certain health care services.