Today, President Donald Trump announced that he is planning a proposal to cut taxpayer funding from abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood later this week. Unsurprisingly, upon learning about his stunning plan, numerous pro-life activists promptly celebrated.
Apparently, President Trump plans on stopping the public funding of abortion clinics by bringing back a rule previously introduced by former President Ronald Reagan that cuts off federal family planning money to any group involved in the slaughter of unborn babies. This means that if Planned Parenthood and other groups want to keep the funding, then they would have to terminate their involvement with ending the lives of defenseless fetuses who are still in the womb.
According to reports, the specific rule that the Trump administration is expected to reintroduce is a Reagan-era regulation of the Title X program, which is a government initiative that provides health clinics with roughly $260 million in federal funding every year for family planning strategies, which effectively cuts off financial aid to any women’s health organization that promotes, supports, or performs the killing of helpless fetuses.
Although it’s already the case that Title X funding cannot technically go directly to performing abortions, numerous abortion clinics have still been able to receive taxpayer money on the grounds that the money is being used for other services. With the new rule, this would no longer be the case.
“The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning,” explained an official with the Trump administration while speaking to reporters about the upcoming announcement.
“Unlike the Reagan regulation, the proposal will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion, but neither will it include the current, potentially illegal mandate that projects must counsel and refer for abortion,” he continued.
“This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law,” added the official, noting, “any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds.”
The news of the upcoming proposal, which has been slammed as a “domestic gag rule” by supporters of abortion, was celebrated by countless pro-life activists.
Upon hearing about the upcoming proposal, for instance, Kelly Marcum, who is a legislative assistant for the Family Research Council, told reporters, “the life issue is a huge motivator for the right. Getting a win on the pro-life side, even if it’s regulatory rather than legislative, would be huge, and encourage people to come out and vote for the members who pushed for action on this.”
Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life, which is a grassroots organization aimed at mobilizing young individuals who emphatically oppose abortion, was also thrilled about the upcoming change. She noted, however, that lawmakers still have an important role to play.
Specifically, Hawkins stated, “we’re pleased with the promises President Trump has upheld, but we also need Congress to stay on top of this.”
The Trump administration’s upcoming adjustment to Title X comes roughly a month after a three-judge panel in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio engaged in judicial activism and struck down a newly signed piece of state legislation, known as “HB 294,” that cut off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood in a similar way.
According to the ruling, which was written by US Circuit Judge Helene White, killing unborn babies is ostensibly a “protected activity” that is separate from other government programs.
Disturbingly, in addition to Judge White and her colleagues, US District Judge Carlton Reeves, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, also recently engaged in judicial activism by placing a “temporary restraining order” on a newly signed piece of pro-life legislation in Mississippi, known as “HB 1510,” prohibiting women from having “abortions after 15 weeks gestation unless the unborn baby is not expected to live outside the womb or if continuing the pregnancy jeopardizes the woman’s life.”
A few weeks prior to that, Judge Wendy Beetlestone, who is a federal judge with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, issued a similarly ludicrous ruling by granting a “preliminary injunction” against the Trump administration’s attempt to allow religious and moral exemptions to certain aspects of Obamacare, such as paying for birth control.
And before that, Judge Lee Yeakel, a federal judge with the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, absurdly ruled that a Texas law prohibiting doctors from performing cruel and unusual dismemberment abortions, known as “SB 8,” is unconstitutional.
A similar law in Alabama was also recently struck down by Judge Myron Thompson, a senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, who ruled that much like Texas, the state of Alabama cannot prohibit dismemberment abortions.
Fortunately, though, while many are actively campaigning to make it as easy as possible to kill fetuses while they’re still in the womb, others are pushing to make doing so even harder.
For instance, back in December 2017, the Pennsylvania House Health Committee approved a piece of pro-life legislation, known as “SB 3,” prohibiting doctors from performing abortions after twenty weeks. The bill also completely banned dismemberment abortions.
This announcement is yet another example that President Trump keeps his word and does what he says, a rarity in politics.