Abortion Clinic Loses $500,000 in Taxpayer Dollars After Trump Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jul 31, 2019   |   5:05PM   |   Boulder, Colorado

Planned Parenthood is not the only abortion business that receives tax dollars from Americans every year.

So, when President Donald Trump finalized an administrative rule for Title X grants that prohibits abortion providers from receiving those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services, the rule cut more than just $60 million from Planned Parenthood’s budget.

Other independent abortion facilities also are now barred from the funds unless they separate their abortion work from their actual health services.

It is not clear exactly how much these abortion facilities received each year from taxpayers, but a Denver 9 News report provides some clues.

Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center, an independent abortion business in Colorado, told the news outlet that it will give up $500,000 a year in Title X funds rather than comply with the new rule. The facility aborts unborn babies in the first and second trimesters.

“We decided that because abortion care and abortion referrals were such an essential part of our history and our mission, we would not give up providing abortion care or abortion referrals or withhold information from our patients for the sake of the money,” said Lisa Radelet, communications director for the abortion facility.

Another other independent group in New York also said it will refuse Title X money, rather than give up abortions. As AM New York reports:

Two New York City not-for-profit health organizations that receive Title X funding plan to reject federal aid if the government’s rule to limit abortion care goes into effect, the groups’ leaders said on Tuesday. …

Public Health Solutions receives $4.6 million in Title X funding annually and distributes it among its own centers and other sub-recipients, a representative said. Community Healthcare Network receives an annual total of $700,000 in funds, in part from Public Health Solutions, according to CEO Robert Hayes.

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The Middletown Press reports 4,000 facilities across America receive Title X funds every year. But it is not clear how many of them abort unborn babies. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, its facilities represent 13 percent of all Title X centers and provide services to 41 percent of all Title X patients.

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England said Title X funds make up 5.5 percent of its budget, or about $2.1 million annually, according to the report.

Every Planned Parenthood has refused to comply, and it filed a lawsuit challenging the rule. However, a federal court ruled in favor of the Trump administration in June.

Under the new directive, organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.

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.

“Many women want the opportunity to visit a professional, comprehensive health care facility–not an abortion clinic — for their health care needs; this grant will give them that choice,” Kathleen Eaton Bravo, founder and CEO of the pro-life health care group, said in a statement.

Title X grants fund family planning services for low-income individuals. In February, the Trump administration finalized a new rule that prohibits Title X recipients from providing or promoting abortions.

The new “Protect Life” rule prohibits Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from receiving any of those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion businesses from their taxpayer-funded services. That mean housing their family planning services in separate buildings with separate staff from their abortion businesses and a denial of funds if they fail to do so. Most Planned Parenthood entities are not expected to comply.

Several Planned Parenthood affiliates and pro-abortion politicians are challenging the rule in a series of lawsuits. Their ultimate success is uncertain. Similar Title X regulations were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan.

Planned Parenthood used to see about 1.5 million patients a year through Title X, but its services through the program, including cancer screenings, birth control, etc., have been dropping steadily for years, according to its own annual reports. Meanwhile, its abortion numbers have been growing – a clear indication of its true focus.

The Title X rule adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company and other abortion groups. By re-instituting and expanding the Mexico City policy, he also cut about $100 million from Planned Parenthood’s international arm and additional funding from other groups that promote and/or perform abortions.

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