HHS finalizes rule to safeguard federal funds for family planning

Posted December 18, 2016

President Obama knows that hope is rising for the innocent victims of Planned Parenthood's brutality and the big abortion industry's days of taxpayer-funded windfalls are numbered.

The leader of the abortion giant recently expressed her gratitude to the outgoing president for his consistent role since 2009 in aggressively promoting abortion - in anticipation of the upcoming pro-life Trump administration.

Which is why Planned Parenthood's new web series 'Stories of Care' come at an important time. The calls to defund the organization continue, despite abortions accounting for only 3 percent of the services it provides.

"This rule will strengthen access to essential services like cancer screenings and contraception for some of the most vulnerable patients in this country", Scott explained.

Although the rule is being finalized by the Obama administration, it will be put in serious jeopardy by the incoming Trump administration.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services issued the rule to clarify Title X of the Public Health Service Act, which protects access to family planning services.

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The next Administration must reinstate the Mexico City Policy and the Reagan Rule to ensure states' decisions to defund Planned Parenthood are upheld in court. Under this rule as of January 18, states can only deny funding to these providers if they're shown unable to provide these family planning services. PPFA and its affiliates received $553.7 million in government grants and reimbursements, according to its latest annual financial report (2014-15).

Sure, Mr. Lewandowski can now freely shout "Merry Christmas!" from the top of Trump Tower, but there are still plenty of words that will remain unacceptable under President-elect Trump-words like "protecting women's reproductive rights".

We are working tirelessly on Capitol Hill to convince Congress to block this regulation under the Congressional Review Act. Under the reconciliation process, Congress could eliminate about 90 percent of Planned Parenthood's federal funding. More than half of Planned Parenthood's health centers are in rural and underserved communities. And as the new Administration prepares to take office, we are actively urging them to repeal all pro-abortion regulations - whether they are forcing nuns who serve the poor to pay for abortion pills or finding ways to use our taxpayer dollars to fund abortions. "We understand that, and I've said it loud and clear". "Every person deserves access to quality, affordable health care from a provider they know and trust".

Even though the funding received by Planned Parenthood and its affiliates through programs such as Title X can not be used for abortions (except for particular circumstances), many groups oppose the move and consider it as one last attempt to impose the status quo upon the new president.

HHS claimed that "In the past several years, a number of states have taken actions to restrict participation by certain types of providers as subrecipients in the Title X Program, unrelated to the provider's ability to provide family planning services".

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