Trump Administration Set to Cut Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood

On Friday the Trump administration will announce the long talked about cuts to federal contributions to Planned Parenthood, according to numerous news outlets.

There is a proposed rule change in Title X, which is a federal program that spends $260 million for “family planning” and contraception. The rule change will interpret the 1970 law as requiring complete separation between abortion activities and contraception. This will make Planned Parenthood ineligible for federal funding, effective immediately.

Per The Washington Times:

“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,” a Trump administration official said in an email to the Weekly Standard.

The law says that “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”

However, except for a brief period in the Reagan administration, federal bureaucrats have interpreted that as merely requiring that federal money not directly fund abortions, a stance pro-lifers have criticized as defanging the policy because, among other reasons, money is fungible.

The Trump official told the Weekly Standard that the proposal doesn’t actually guarantee no federal money goes to Planned Parenthood — though the money would come at a price that America’s largest abortion provider has always called unacceptable and sued when states trying to impose similar restrictions.

Conservatives have long waited for federal funding to be removed from Planned Parenthood. I am anti-abortion, but personal feelings aside, there is no chance tax dollars should be used to fund abortions. It infuriates me that my hard earned tax dollars fund abortions.

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