The Obama administration is slapping down every state that has acted on the idea that the federal Title X reproductive healthcare program was NOT created to bankroll Planned Parenthood.
A proposed new Health & Human Services(HHS) rule announced last week would nullify state eligibility thresholds (such as Kansas has) that prioritizes Title X grants to full-
Created in 1970 to help the indigent and uninsured, Title X is federally-
It is good stewardship for the state to allocate financial support to full-
Beginning in 2007, Kansas legislators did just that. They annually passed the Huelskamp-
Planned Parenthood cannot meet that criteria. It only offers a narrow range of exams and screenings and cannot provide mammograms, chest X-
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A district court judge blocked the Huelskamp-
“Title X was not intended to be an entitlement program for Planned Parenthood. Other providers are already offering a fuller spectrum of health care for Kansas patients. This highly unusual ruling implies a private organization has a right to taxpayer subsidy. The people of Kansas disagree.”
However, after Planned Parenthood lost its legal appeal in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Huelskamp-
1. that Planned Parenthood’s claim of a First Amendment violation lacked merit, and
2. that Kansas could select mainstream, full-
If the aim of Title X is truly to help the uninsured and indigent get disease screenings and full reproductive health care, Kansas’ priority of one-
The new HHS proposal eliminates state authority. It should be opposed as an unabashed power play to send our tax-
HHS is open to public input on the proposal through Oct. 7.
LifeNews.com Note: Kathy Ostrowski is the legislative director for Kansans for Life, the state affiliate to the National Right to Life Committee.