Trump will cut $60 million of taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood

Barack Obama speaking to Planned Parenthood
Barack Obama speaking to Planned Parenthood

The money will instead be given to women’s health care providers who do not perform abortions. I looked around to find an article that didn’t just report the decision, but also what PP would do about it, and how that was likely to work out for them. In cases like this, it really matters how the policy is phrased. That determines whether it can stand up to a court challenge.

Life News reports:

The Trump administration is announcing new regulations today to partially defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses of tens of millions of tax dollars. This is the second time Trump has taken steps to revoke taxpayer funding for the nation’s biggest abortion business — after yanking taxpayer from from International Planned Parenthood during his first week in office.

The United States spends about $260 million in Title X funds annually for family planning for low-income individuals, and Planned Parenthood is a huge recipient of those funds, as much as $50-$60 million annually.

But under the proposed “Protect Life Rule,” Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses would not receive any of those tax dollars unless they completely separate their abortion business from their taxpayer-funded services, The Washington Examiner reports. That would mean housing their family planning services elsewhere — potentially in separate buildings and coordinated by separate staff and organizations from its abortion enterprise.

“This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law,” a Trump administration official said. “Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.”

Of course, Planned Parenthood is unwilling to do so. Abortion is its primary focus, and it already is threatening a lawsuit to stop the defunding. However, the proposal is modeled after similar Reagan administration rules that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in Rust v. Sullivan in 1991.

The Life News article also had some helpful paragraphs about how this new policy builds on the previous pro-life policies of the Trump administration:

The Trump administration has cut several other streams of funding to Planned Parenthood as well. Soon after Trump took office, he signed the Mexico City Policy to prevent the funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. This includes the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which received tax dollars under the Obama administration.

In addition, in 2017, the Trump administration cut millions of dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood through the failed Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. HHS spokesman Mark Vafiades told the New York Times last year that there is very little evidence that the program was successful. However, the abortion chain recently filed a lawsuit challenging the cuts.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its most recent annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.

In addition to reversing the Obama administration’s funding of abortion, the Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s policy of forcing Christian organizations to provide health insurance coverage for abortion.

Life News reported on that, as well:

A federal district court issued an order Tuesday that permanently prevents the federal government from enforcing the Obamacare abortion-pill mandate against four Christian universities in Oklahoma represented by Alliance Defending Freedom. The order also declares that the mandate violates the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Obama-era mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception through their health plans under threat of heavy penalties. The Department of Justice, under the Trump administration, abandoned its defense of the flawed mandate, which the Department of Health and Human Services implemented during the previous administration.

“Religious organizations have the freedom to peacefully operate according to their beliefs without the threat of punishment by the government. Today’s order fully affirms that freedom and provides permanent protection from the mandate,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor.

“These universities no longer have to fear being forced to pay fines for simply abiding by the Christian beliefs they teach and espouse, and they are no longer required to fill out forms authorizing coverage for abortion-inducing drugs,” Baylor explained. “The government has many other ways to ensure access to these drugs without forcing people of faith to violate their deepest convictions.”

ADF attorneys represent Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Mid-America Christian University, all of which specifically object to providing abortifacients.

I don’t think most Democrats realize just how pro-abortion the Obama administration was. But they should have been able to predict it from the multiple times that Obama voted for abortion born-alive infants when he was a state senator in Illinois. Although Trump’s record on abortion was mixed before the election, he’s been good at canceling out some of Obama’s pro-abortion policies. Good for him.

7 thoughts on “Trump will cut $60 million of taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood”

  1. I have many friends who insist that the abortion arm of PPmis already separate from the part that does the health care, and that “no taxpayer dollars go to abortion.”

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  2. Well them of that is true that they are separate they can have an independent party look at the matter and they won’t lose any funding. But since it is all just a claim of innocence to deny reality they will lose the funding

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  3. Regardless of where one stands on the ethical issue of abortion itself, I’ve heard Planned Parenthood counsels women whether or not to get abortions and has abortions services right there too! That in itself is ethically dubious and a huge conflict of interest. They have all the incentives to counsel women to abort for their own purposes of getting money and keeping themselves in business, rather than counseling impartially in the woman’s best interests. I’ve also heard organs from aborted fetuses can be donated as well as stem cells. While I’m not opposed to organs being donated to children in need and stem cell research, especially in cases where the fetus would not live to term anyways, it is an easy assumption that Planned Parenthood could counsel women to abort based on the need for organs and stem cells, also highly unethical and immoral. Pro-choice people should agree that even if a woman is ethically justified to make the choice to abort, Planned Parenthood or other organizations coercing vulnerable women to abort based on monetary gain or demand for organs is highly unethical and for all the wrong reasons.

    I’m not against birth control, or even abortions in certain circumstances when it is more humane than to bring a child to term, like with many debilitating and painful diseases, but I was always suspicious of Planned Parenthood because they are such a highly liberal organization, like radical liberal. They are definitely not a neutral organization, and are intertwined with the radical feminist agenda and probably many others. In a biology lab I had back in college, we were going on a website about how to help the environment, and out of left field they were endorsing supporting Planned Parenthood a a way to help the Earth by cutting down population size and empowering women in the feminist agenda! Suspicious if you ask me…

    As for abortion, I’m sick of pro-choice liberals demonizing pro-life people saying they’re sexist or misogynist. When you are carrying another life, it’s not just about you and your body anymore. Your absolute rights to your own body end when another’s begins. The people who say a woman should be ethically justified to do whatever she pleases regardless of the child inside her, should also then have no issue with women drinking or taking drugs while pregnant. After all, “her body, her rules”…. I may not agree as strongly as they do about abortion never being ethical under any circumstances, but I understand and respect the philosophy behind their arguments. At a certain point, everyone is pro-life. The line has to be drawn somewhere when it’s unethical to terminate a pregnancy, late term abortions are outlawed except in extenuating circumstances. Some people feel that line should be drawn sooner than others. Any ethically fraught decision such as abortion should be considered from the best interests of the child, not the convenience of everyone else. The pro-choicers who demonize pro-lifers conveniently dehumanize the child and make a straw man argument out of spinning it as a women’s autonomy issue, rather than a right to life and pain/suffering issue.
    https://aladyofreason.wordpress.com/

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  4. I accept abortions will occur because many are not Christian and have varying views on life.

    But any woman should get pre and post counselling to explain the loss they will likely feel and regret to make sure they are certain they want to go through with it.

    The many women that regret abortions and weren’t told to really think first in a moment of panic are also forgotten and ignored in the process. Because it would likely hurt the problem abortion agenda to talk about things like regret after and how it can not be undone when the procedure is complete

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  5. Reblogged this on My 2 Cents and commented:
    It’s about time this abortion giant and its false narrative were laid to rest. I can only hope this brings them closer to it.

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  6. I’m a Women’s Health Provider, an Advanced Practice RN/Certified Nurse-Midwife in Roan Mountain, TN, and a Follower of Christ. It’s about time women’s health providers are supported. I’m in a poverty riddled area in Northeast TN and pray for funding to physically drive my old manual Subaru into the Mountain Communities to provide sorely needed education and healthcare to rural mountain folks, as I’m one of their own, as well. Very sad and indeed when I’m here and doing all I can, as one woman to provide help, much of my time/efforts are donated, and I’m on food stamps! I chomp at the bit to expand my client base and witness.

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  7. The state I live in, our then-governor said he would stop state funding to PP, but the Obama administration said that he if he did, the federal government would cease our federal funds. Just another strong-arm tactic of that mistake we had for 8-years.

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