Planned Parenthood already hates the Trump administration, but they will hate it even more when they discover that the administration will be diverting sex-education funds to abstinence programs.
According to LifeNews, “the Title X grant application, released Friday, prioritizes the types of programs that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups do not offer.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will offer $260 million in Title X grants to health care providers that meet their standards.
The application says that health care providers should include programs that teach natural family planning methods as well as having programs that promote “positive family relationships for the purpose of increasing family participation in family planning and health decision-making” and instill in patients the importance of “healthy relationships, to committed, safe, stable, healthy marriages and the benefits of avoiding sexual risk or returning to a sexually risk-free status, especially (but not only) when communicating with adolescents.”
Grantees must also show that staff is annually trained to respond to child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.
Most significantly, grantees may not provide abortions with the funds.
Naturally, feminist organizations and pro-abortion activists have called the new rules a fascist takeaway of “reproductive rights.”
“The Trump-Pence administration is quietly taking aim at access to birth control under the nation’s program for affordable reproductive health care, which 4 million people rely on each year,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood. “The last thing anyone wants is for Donald Trump or Mike Pence to weigh in on her sex life — but this announcement essentially invites them into the bedroom.”