(National Sentinel) Executive Action: One of the many ways the Republican congressional majority has thwarted President Donald J. Trump’s agenda is via their refusal to cut all funding to abortion mill Planned Parenthood.
The nation’s No. 1 abortion provider gets a half a billion dollars a year from American taxpayers.
Republicans have long campaigned on cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, but too many RINOs who are #nevertrumpers — many of whom are now ‘retiring’ because they know they can’t win reelection being opposed to the president — refused to make good on their promises.
Now, using a 1970 law, Trump will cut a substantial amount of funding to Planned Parenthood as he promised he would.
As per the Weekly Standard:
On Friday, the Trump administration will announce a proposed rule to cut taxpayer funding to abortionists like Planned Parenthood under Title X, a program that provides $260 million annually in federal funding for contraception and other “family planning” initiatives.
“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 tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email.
Title X states, in part: “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
But in the 1970s and 1980s, the law was interpreted to allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies—so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions. In 1988, President Reagan’s secretary of Health and Human Services issued regulations to end these practices that blurred the line between funding contraception and promoting abortion.
The 1988 Reagan regulation was immediately challenged in court and never enforced, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in the case Rust v. Sullivan. By the time abortionists might have actually lost their Title X funds, however, Bill Clinton took office and killed the Reagan regulation, a policy that has remained in effect to this day. This anti-abortion regulation wasn’t reinstated by the George W. Bush administration.
“Unlike the Reagan regulation, the proposal will not prohibit counseling for clients about abortion, but neither will it include the current, potentially illegal mandate that projects must counsel and refer for abortion,” a Trump administration official told the magazine.
“This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning, which is required by the Title X law.
“Any grantees that perform, support, or refer for abortion have a choice – disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds,” the official continued.
Planned Parenthood will keep a majority of its funding because it comes through Medicaid, which has to be cut via legislation.
However, the president is working to make good on a campaign promise to cut funding for an organization the majority of Americans do not support.
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