Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said he will “not stand by” while President Joe Biden tries to force American taxpayers to support the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
On Tuesday, he and 18 other state attorneys general filed a motion to the U.S. Supreme Court defending a rule that ensures tax dollars do not support abortions through the Title X program. The program provides family planning services to low-income individuals.
The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case about President Donald Trump’s pro-life Title X rule. But Biden, who supports taxpayer funding for abortions, likely will refuse to defend the rule, the attorneys general wrote in their motion. They asked to be allowed to intervene in the case and defend the rule.
Cameron said they are defending the interests of a strong majority of Americans who oppose taxpayer funding for abortions – and the lives of millions more, WTVQ reports.
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“Kentuckians value human life, and we will not stand by while the Biden Administration tries to weaken the protections against using federal dollars for abortions,” Cameron said.
“We’ve filed this motion to ask the nation’s highest court to allow us to represent the interests and values of Kentuckians by defending the Title X rules and ensure that funding from that program is not used to support abortions,” he continued.
Most people oppose taxpayer funding for elective abortions, and the Title X rule “reflects this consensus,” the attorneys general said in the motion.
Joining Kentucky in the motion are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost led the effort.
Until recently, the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, which does about 40 percent of all abortions in the U.S., was a major recipient of Title X funds.
Under Trump, Planned Parenthood dropped out of the program, prioritizing its abortion work over family planning services. As a result, the billion-dollar abortion chain was defunded of about $60 million.
However, Planned Parenthood and its political allies also sued to challenge the abortion funding restrictions, and two circuit courts issued different decisions about the matter. In August 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the rule to go into effect. But in 2020, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s block on the rule, resulting in conflicting rulings.
Trump’s pro-life rule prohibits Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities from receiving Title X 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.
Biden is expected to overturn the rule, but a Supreme Court decision in favor of the rule could set a helpful precedent for future pro-life presidents to re-establish it.
A recent Marist poll found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).