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Thomas Gallatin / August 20, 2019

Planned Parenthood Chooses Abortion Over Family Planning

Trump administration updates Title X rules regarding funding family-planning clinics.

In a move that further exposes the fact that Planned Parenthood sees providing abortions as its primary purpose, the nation’s foremost abortion mill pulled itself from receiving Title X grant money rather than comply with the Trump administration’s new rule. Following the Ninth Circuit Court’s refusal to stay the rule’s implementation, which Planned Parenthood had requested, the abortion provider elected to forgo $60 million in annual federal grant money, roughly 15% of the overall federal funding the group receives each year.

In a statement Monday, Planned Parenthood sought to paint a different picture, claiming that the group was “being forced out” by President Donald Trump. That explanation couldn’t be further from the truth, as the new rule follows seamlessly with the original intent of the Title X program — a program designed to help low-income Americans with family planning and that explicitly notes that “none of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” The Trump administration’s new rule serves to clarify and maintain Title X’s prohibition against abortion funding by forbidding any clinic that receives Title X funding from referring a patient to an abortion provider.

Additionally, the rule sets a physical separation restriction for Title X funding and abortion facilities. As The Daily Signal explains, “The rule also establishes that program participants must maintain both financial and physical separation between Title X activities and non-Title X activities. In other words, organizations like Planned Parenthood can’t conduct Title X activity in one room while performing non-Title X-related abortions in another room down the hall.”

While Planned Parenthood contends that abortion is only a small percentage of the overall “health” services it offers, this decision to withdraw from Title X belies that claim. The truth is that the poor and minorities have long been the targets of Planned Parenthood with its commitment to population control — consistent with the racist views of its founder and feminist icon, Margaret Sanger.

Trump’s decision is a welcome one because it prioritizes protecting the lives of the unborn and cuts back on some taxpayer funding going to abortion providers.

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