Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the Protect Life Rule that will change they way Title X family planning grants are disbursed. It is estimated that this rule change will strip Planned Parenthood of $60 million in tax funding.
The change allows Title X funds that would have gone to Planned Parenthood to instead go to legitimate health care providers that do not conduct or promote abortions.
“This is an historic moment. President Donald J. Trump is the first president in 100 years to take money away from Planned Parenthood,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Sixty million dollars is a significant amount of money that is sure to impact Planned Parenthood and their ability to kill babies through abortion. Now, let’s stand together to help President Trump take away the rest of their tax funding.”
The rule made three significant changes:
- Provided a physical separation requirement that prohibits family planning services from taking place in the same place as abortions. Family planning patients cannot even share the same waiting room with abortion patient.
- Provided a financial separation requirement to prevent Title X grant money from being co-mingled with abortion clinic funds. Planned Parenthood has been known to use Title X funding to pay for services that allowed clinics to conduct abortions.
- Prohibits grantees and sub-grantees from referring for abortions.
Any refusal to comply with the new Protect Life Rule will trigger removal from the program.
Operation Rescue worked with a coalition of groups led by the Susan B. Anthony List and Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS) to make the rule change.