President Trump Takes Major Step Toward Ending Taxpayers' Forced Partnership with Abortion Industry, says Family Research Council

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Health and Human Services announced today finalized regulations for the Title X family planning program that reinstates President Ronald Reagan’s “Protect Life Rule” which protects the integrity of the program by preventing the "co-location" of federally funded family planning clinics with abortion clinics.


Family Research Council President Tony Perkins commented:


“President Trump’s HHS is taking a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry. The finalized ‘protect life rule’ draws a bright line between abortion and family planning programs -- just as the federal law requires and the Supreme Court has upheld.


“It’s a shame that the federal Title X family planning program has been co-mingled with abortion ever since President Bill Clinton issued regulations not only removing the wall of separation President Reagan issued, but even illegally requiring groups to refer for abortion. The result is that Planned Parenthood – an organization that’s been under criminal investigation for selling baby body parts – gets roughly $60 million per year through what has become a slush fund for the abortion giant.


“Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite. Either way, this will loosen the group’s hold on tens of millions of tax dollars.


“This announcement follows a strong statement by the president in which he committed to veto any legislation that weakens federal policy on abortion. President Trump has been persistent in fulfilling his pro-life campaign promises including ensuring that taxpayers are not in a forced partnership with the abortion industry,” concluded Perkins.