As LifeNews reported yesterday, Joe Biden overturned a pro-life rule President Trump put in place that cut $60 million in funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Biden claims he’s a “devout Catholic” but he’s really just the most pro-abortion president in America’s history.
The Biden administration formally adopted a rule that will force taxpayers to fund the abortion industry through the Title X family planning program.
The rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will end a pro-life regulation that President Donald Trump put in place to ensure Title X grants are not used to subsidize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
Because of Trump’s action, Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups left the program, choosing to prioritize abortions over actual health care. Planned Parenthood, a major recipient of Title X funds prior to Trump’s rule, was defunded of about $60 million.
Leading pro-life groups condemned Biden’s action, saying Americans don’t want their tax dollars funding abortions or Big Abortion.
In response, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List blasted the administration in a statement:
“Abortion is the destruction of innocent human life, not ‘family planning,’ said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The strong majority of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand. The Protect Life Rule respected their will, as well as the plain statutory language of Title X – yet from day one, Joe Biden and his administration have worked to pay back the abortion lobby that spent millions to elect them.
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“Democrats push this agenda at their own political peril. Americans reject abortion extremism and are eager to update our laws that allow abortion on demand up to birth, well past the point when unborn children feel pain. As the Supreme Court takes up the landmark Dobbs late abortion case, it has never been more urgent to correct the unjust, undemocratic precedents of the past. It’s time to restore the right of the people and their state lawmakers to protect unborn children and their mothers.”
“Taxpayer funds should not be used to subsidize an industry that preys on women and their unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “The vast majority of Americans believe that using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion is wrong.”
Under President Trump’s Title X rule, abortion facilities could not be in the same location where family planning services were delivered. The rule also stated that Title X grantees could not refer for elective abortion. The rule did not cut funding for family planning but ensured that funding went to health facilities that did not perform or promote abortion as family planning.
“Supplementing the abortion industry through taxpayer funds is offensive to tens of millions of Americans,” stated Tobias. “Far from uniting this nation, the Biden administration has done everything it can to divide it by facilitating abortion on demand.”
Title X funds are not supposed to be used for abortions. The program provides family planning services to low-income individuals, and the law states that Title X grants may not be used “where abortion is a method of family planning.”
Trump’s rule made it even more clear that Title X recipients cannot refer women for abortions or provide abortions, thus ensuring tax dollars are not used to support the killing of unborn babies.
But Biden’s rule will allow abortion companies to begin receiving the funding again and allow them to refer Title X patients for abortions..
The Trump administration rule, the subject of a current U.S. Supreme Court case, prohibits Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses 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. It also prohibits referrals for elective abortions.
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).