Americans do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions, but Democratic leaders in Congress do not seem to care.
On Monday, House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, introduced a bill to block the Trump administration’s new “Protect Life” rule, which would strip away taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood, the Washington Post reports.
The measure is part of a larger spending bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Education. It appears unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, of Florida, said the bill will be life-saving because it will send tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“It’s going to save lives, it’s going to keep the Trump administration from shutting the doors of Planned Parenthood, which they have been trying to do from day one,” the pro-abortion Democrat said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Planned Parenthood aborts more unborn babies than any other group in the United States, and its CEO Leana Wen recently admitted that abortion is their “core mission.” It performed more than 330,000 abortions in 2017, according to its most recent annual report.
The new “Protect Life” rule prohibits Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from receiving Title X tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion practices from their taxpayer-funded services. Planned Parenthood already has said it will not comply.
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Title X funds help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business by about $60 million a year.
Two judges appointed by pro-abortion President Barack Obama recently blocked the administration from enforcing the rule, but pro-abortion Democrats want it gone completely.
The pro-abortion effort is coming from Democrats on the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, according to Bustle.
According to the report: “Democratic lawmakers on the committee, including Reps. Lois Frankel, Rosa DeLauro, and Bonnie Watson Coleman, said they will only back federal family planning initiatives that pay for Title X the same way that the program has always been run, per the Beast.”
Pro-abortion Democrats apparently are worried that the Title X rule eventually may be upheld in court. In 1991, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar rule from President Ronald Reagan’s administration in Rust v. Sullivan. However, because of the lengthy legal challenge, the rule never went into effect; pro-abortion President Bill Clinton eliminated the rule when he took office soon after the Supreme Court decision.
A recent Marist poll found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).
In late March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its first Title X grant awards under the new policy, and Planned Parenthood received about $44 million less than it had in previous years.
Meanwhile, the pro-life Obria Group will receive $1.7 million a year in Title X grants to provide comprehensive family planning services to low-income individuals in California. Its services include pregnancy testing and counseling, prenatal care, HIV/AIDS testing, ultrasounds, cancer testing, well-woman care, pap smears, STD testing and treatment, adoption referral and post-abortion support, according to Townhall.