Here are 8 Things to Know about the White House’s Decision to Cut Abortion Funding
The Trump administration has announced its intention to propose new regulations regarding abortion. The ruling would prohibit Planned Parenthood and other abortion referral entities from receiving grant money through Title X, the government’s family planning program. Title X funds cannot be used for abortion, but Planned Parenthood still receives more than $50 million from the program for other services. Under the new policy, clinics could not accept the money at all if they recommend or perform abortions.
WHAT WAS THE RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSAL FROM CHRISTIAN LEADERS?
ERLC President Russell Moore issued a statement today saying: “I welcome this announcement from the administration of its intention to propose a rule clearly stating that family planning does not include abortion. This is a critical point to make, because the facts are clear: without abortion, there would be no Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not a ‘healthcare’ organization but a storefront for an industry that devalues human life and exploits families and communities.
DOES THE PROPOSAL CUT TITLE X FUNDING?
No, the proposal will not cut funding for legitimate family planning services (i.e., those not related to abortion), such as crisis pregnancy centers and women’s health centers. Government funds will still support family planning services, other than abortion.
While this is a positive and laudable step to restore the intent of Title X, the executive branch is limited in what it can do in preventing abortion providers from receiving government funding. The defunding of groups like Planned Parenthood must ultimately come from changes in the law made by the legislative branch.
DOES THIS PROPOSAL PREVENT TITLE X CLINICS FROM COUNSELING WOMEN ABOUT ABORTION?
No. While President Trump’s proposal is based on the Reagan-era framework, it does not reimplement the prohibition against counseling about abortion. Title X clinics would, however, be prohibited from referring for abortion.
WILL THIS REGULATION FORCE PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO CHOOSE BETWEEN RECEIVING TITLE X FUNDING AND PERFORMING ABORTIONS?
Not necessarily, but this new regulation does require a “disentanglement” of funding.