On Monday, Planned Parenthood proved it cares more about abortion than the health needs of low income women, as the abortion giant withdrew from Title X, the federal program that serves the need of low-income Americans, rather than follow a Trump administration guideline.
The Trump administration had implemented a rule stating that any clinic accepting Title X funds must not refer women to an abortion provider or suggest where to to get one, as The New York Times reports. The Times added, “The move could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood for services like birth control, pregnancy tests and screening for sexually transmitted diseases.”
Planned Parenthood will lose $60 million in taxpayer funds because of its withdrawal from Title X, as Life News notes. The Los Angeles Times pointed out that Planned Parenthood treats 41% of the Title X patients in the United States.
The Health and Human Services Department dismissed the complaints from Planned Parenthood, noting that the abortion giant had known about the rule for months. HHS stated, “Some grantees are now blaming the government for their own actions — having chosen to accept the grant while failing to comply with the regulations that accompany it — and they are abandoning their obligations to serve patients under the program.”
Fox News reported, “Planned Parenthood’s pullout followed a June order from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that lifted a nationwide injunction that had prevented the Trump administration from enforcing the new rule. The court’s three-judge panel, with two judges appointed by President Trump, is still weighing Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit to overturn the rule but has allowed the administration to begin enforcement — a sign that the administration will ultimately win on the merits.”
Catherine Glenn Foster, President and CEO of Americans United for Life, told life News:
It’s a great day for women’s health in America. Planned Parenthood is America’s deadliest nonprofit, and the news that they’re refusing to accept taxpayer funds to target vulnerable women is a good thing for women’s health. Women deserve the chance to live empowered, full lives that are free from the harms that Planned Parenthood poses through abortion and abortion-focused services. Women who need true healthcare will have their needs met by authentic and eager healthcare providers across America.
Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association, echoed to Life News:
In withdrawing from Title X, Planned Parenthood has made it crystal clear that abortion is its number one priority. Planned Parenthood could have chosen to make the investment to restructure to be compliant with federal law, or have chosen to abandon abortion altogether and focus instead on women’s health. Instead, the abortion chain is walking away from tens of millions of dollars of money earmarked to help low income women. Recently fired president Dr. Leana Wen said she was ousted because she wanted to promote comprehensive women’s health over abortion. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing abortion above all else, most especially the low income women they claim to be serving.