Donald Trump to Cut Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

Lots of Republicans have opposed Planned Parenthood, but how many have taken action?

Though not perfect, this rule cutting funding to Planned Parenthood goes a lot further than actions by other Republican presidents.

The new rule should force Planned Parenthood to change the way they operate or else give up federal funding. Donald Trump had promised to defund Planned Parenthood, a promise I figured was not going to be kept after the budget deal. But Trump wants to do his best for those who voted for him, even it he doesn’t have the support from Republicans in Congress.

The Weekly Standard reported, “Trump to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Administration Will Announce Friday.

On Friday, the Trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood under Title X, a program that provides $260 million annually in federal funding for contraception and other “family planning” initiatives.

“The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning,” a Trump administration official tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email.

The 1970 law establishing Title X states: “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” But in the 1970s and 1980s, the law was interpreted to allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies—so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions. In 1988, President Reagan’s secretary of Health and Human Services issued regulations to end these practices that blurred the line between funding contraception and promoting abortion.

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“Unlike the Reagan regulation, the proposal will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion, but neither will it include the current, potentially illegal mandate that projects must counsel and refer for abortion,” a Trump administration official tells TWS.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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