Planned Parenthood Sided With Abortion Over Title X Funds. Here’s What It Means.

Planned Parenthood is making good on its threat to choose
abortion over Title X funds.

Title X is a federal program that focuses on providing family planning and related preventive services to low-income Americans at little or no cost.

Last week, Planned Parenthood announced
that rather than comply with the Trump administration’s new regulations relating
to Title X’s federal family planning program, the abortion giant would stop
participating in the program altogether unless the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
stepped in to block the regulations.

The court did
no such thing
, and now Planned Parenthood will no longer participate in the
program.

So, what’s the turn-off for Planned Parenthood?

This spring, the Trump administration finalized
a rule that updated the regulations that govern Title X. The text of the
statute specifies that “[n]one of the funds appropriated under this title shall
be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”

Specifically, the Trump administration’s rule removes a
requirement that Title X projects must refer for abortion and instead
explicitly prohibits abortion referrals.

The rule permits nondirective pregnancy counseling, which
can include nondirective counseling on abortion. But unlike earlier
regulations, such counseling is permitted rather than required. These changes
will allow additional organizations who object to abortion to still apply for
Title X grants.

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. 

The rule also protects women and children by requiring
compliance with state reporting laws regarding human trafficking, coercive
sexual activity, child abuse, rape, incest, and other crimes.

A similar rule was enacted by President Ronald Reagan in
1988 and was upheld by
the Supreme Court in 1991.

From the moment the regulations were initially proposed,
Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion allies have emphatically opposed the
provisions to enforce the statutory requirement to separate abortion from
family planning services, and challenged the regulations in court.

In the face of judicial defeat, Planned Parenthood will
forgo approximately $60 million in annual Title X funds.

To be clear, Title X grant recipients—including Planned
Parenthood—do not have a right to federal funding and are welcome to decline to
participate in Title X if they are unwilling to comply with the program’s
regulations.

Planned Parenthood has determined that its commitment to abortion outweighs its desire to participate in the program. That’s a call it can afford to make: The abortion giant reported $245 million in excess revenue and more than $630 million in private contributions in its most recent annual report.

But this won’t change things for women benefiting from other
health centers. When Planned Parenthood pulls out of the program, other health
centers that far outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities will continue offering
women comprehensive and high-quality care.

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