October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Nearly 900 medical centers involved in abortion have lost federal funding thanks to the Trump administration’s new rules for Title X family planning grants, according to a report released this week.
In February, the Trump administration finalized the Protect Life Rule, which requires “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning” and ban “referral for abortion as a method of family planning.”
The rule is projected to cut almost $60 million from the $563.8 million Planned Parenthood received during the most recent fiscal year, provoking multiple lawsuits and leading Planned Parenthood to voluntarily withdraw from the program rather than comply with the new conditions.
USA Today reported Tuesday that the pro-abortion, pro-contraception organization Power to Decide, released a report estimating the total number of centers “forced out” of the Title X program at 876. “Since the rule began to be enforced in August, stories of increased costs, shorter hours, and fewer services being offered have flooded in,” the report claims.
In fact, the affected entities forgo the money rather than leave the abortion business, and the money is being redirected to health providers that aren’t involved in abortions, which dramatically outnumber Planned Parenthood locations in every state:
What NBC *doesn't* say:
According to the HHS, 18 grantees “voluntarily terminated” from the funding over abortion.
But! 50 OTHER grantees got “supplemental awards.” (https://t.co/9RK5vFxYTQ)
The funding didn't disappear. It just went elsewhere.https://t.co/ihvcqGAYnu
— Katie Yoder (@k_yoder) October 22, 2019
In Planned Parenthood’s case, many have also cast doubt on the abortion giant’s claims to need the funding for legitimate health services when the abortion giant still enjoys almost a billion dollars in annual private revenue and contributions, will continue to receive over $500 million from taxpayers even without the Title X money, and has enough money to spend that its super PAC recently announced it was spending $45 million to elect a Democrat president and Congress in 2020.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which allowed the rule to take effect while the lawsuits are pending, will hear arguments and rule on the merits of the case at a later date. The fate of the Trump rule, and the prospects of a more comprehensive defunding of Planned Parenthood, will be among the most contentious issues of next year’s elections.