Planned Parenthood will quit taking Title X federal funds, rather than stop referring women to specific abortion providers, the abortion industry giant has announced.
Instead of complying with a new Title X rule, Planned Parenthood will forgo the federal funding it had been receiving from the program, CBS News reports:
“Planned Parenthood said all of its clinics will formally leave Title X, the marquee federal program dedicated to providing birth control to low-income women. A change to the program last year requires beneficiaries to comply with a so-called "gag order" on abortion services, something that Planned Parenthood said it isn't willing to do. The clinic's exit will result in a loss of millions of federal dollars.”
“In February, a 312-page filing from the Department of Health and Human Services proposed what abortion rights advocates have referred to as a ‘gag rule.’ Under the proposal, the agency wrote that ‘none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.’”
The new rule does allow Title X fund recipients to recommend women get abortions, but it prohibits them from referring women to an abortion provider, such as Planned Parenthood.
When asked, Planned Parenthood leadership refused to reveal exactly how many “millions of federal dollars” it had been getting from Title X, CBS News reports.
Spokespersons for two Pro-Life groups, the March for Life and The Catholic Association, issued statements Monday saying that Planned Parenthood's decision shows that its true goal is to advocate abortion, not to provide health care:
Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life:
“Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, today made a choice not to separate its abortion operation from Title X services, and in doing declined Title X funding, which makes up approximately four percent of their annual budget. Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion. Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”
Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association:
“In withdrawing from Title X, Planned Parenthood has made it crystal clear that abortion is its number one priority. Planned Parenthood could have chosen to make the investment to restructure to be compliant with federal law, or have chosen to abandon abortion altogether and focus instead on women’s health. Instead, the abortion chain is walking away from tens of millions of dollars of money earmarked to help low income women. Recently fired president Dr. Leana Wen said she was ousted because she wanted to promote comprehensive women’s health over abortion. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing abortion above all else, most especially the low income women they claim to be serving.”