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May 18, 2018
Trump’s New Policy On Planned Parenthood Protects Taxpayers
President Donald Trump holds up a signed letter he wrote to a member of the U.S. Military on Monday, April 17, 2017, during the 139th Easter Egg Roll at the White House, in Washington, D.C. This was the first Easter Egg Roll of the Trump Administration. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
By 1600 Daily Staff
In a bold policy shift, President Trump is acting through the Department of Health and Human services to untangle women’s health services from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, which would slash federal funds from the abortion giant.
The Department of Health and Human Services will introduce new regulations Friday requiring health clinics providing abortion to choose between keeping abortion services or losing taxpayer funding through grants.
“American taxpayers want out of the abortion business,” a senior administration official said during a phone call Friday morning. “Abortion is not family planning.”
Officials say the “Protect Life Rule” is not necessarily a defunding of Planned Parenthood, unless they choose to continue providing abortion services while accepting taxpayer funding. The abortion giant currently received $500 million in taxpayer money.
The goal is to disentangle family planning services from abortion and officials argue new regulations are a “prohibition of abortion as a method of family planning” and “would better protect victims of sexual assault, incest and rape.
Pro-life advocates Susan B.Anthony’s List argue that only 4 percent of Planned Parenthood’s funding originates from Title X appropriations. Planned Parenthood argues the new rules would impact 2.4 million customers, even though this money is a small fraction of their revenue. The move by President Trump not only safeguards taxpayers whop are on the hook for the funds, but also returns to the pro-life ethic of the laws, such as the Hyde Amendment, that prevent such a practice on the basis of conscience.