Last Friday President Donald Trump partially defunded Planned Parenthood by finalizing an administrative rule that could redirect as much as $60 million taxpayer funded dollars away from the nation’s largest abortion provider.
This move by President Trump means that these funds will now be potentially available to pro life pregnancy care centers that will actually help and support women as they carry their babies to term.
Under the previous rule, Planned Parenthood was receiving in excess of $50 million taxpayer dollars in Title X funds. Title X is a federal grant program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services that includes roughly $286 million which it distributes to family healthcare centers. Planned Parenthood receives roughly $50-$60 million of this money. The now finalized “Protect Life Rule” filed with the Office of Management and Budget will cut Planned Parenthood and other abortion provider’s access to Title X funding unless it separates abortion from the other services that it claims to provide.
The rule by itself does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, but it does strip federal taxpayer dollars away from the abortion giant if they refuse to separate abortion from the other services that they advertise so loudly.
The directive issued by President Trump last Friday builds upon the rule from last May. Lifenews has more details:
Under the new directive, which will take effect in 60 days, organizations receiving Title X funding have 120 days to financially separate their family planning and abortion operations and one year to physically separate their family planning and abortion operations.
If Planned Parenthood wishes to continue to be the recipient of these funds they will have to separate their abortion business and operate that aspect in a completely different facility. They would also have to have different staff and personnel.
Most Planned Parenthood facilities are not expected to comply.