Millions of dollars in federal funds will no longer be used for abortions

Last week the White House announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will re-configure Title X regulations to ensure that taxpayer money does not provide for abortions. The new Protect Life Rule requires that family planning organisations that receive federal funds are financially distinct from abortion providers.

Even before the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v Wade decision, which designated abortion as a constitutional right, the HHS has forbidden taxpayer funds from supporting abortionists. However, President Bill Clinton abolished these regulations, allowing for family planning activities and abortions to occur in the same facilities.

Defenders of the Clinton model insist that federal funds do not support abortion, but only the family-planning services provided by some abortionists. But critics point out that the funds given to these abortionists are fluid, particularly with large international outfits like Planned Parenthood.

The government might give Planned Parenthood $1 million (£755k) (billed as “Medicaid reimbursement”) towards preventing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, but in practise this $1 million can be used to kill unborn children.

In fact, the real number is much higher, since 266 of Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics are eligible for Medicaid reimbursements. In total this amounts to about $56 million every year.

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