Public Comments Open on Protect Life Rule that Will End Planned Parenthood’s Title X Funding

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A rules change in the way Federal Title X family planning money is distributed is now open for comments from the public until July 31, 2018.

The new provision, called the Protect Life Rule, will prohibit Title X funding to facilities that conduct abortions or refer for them.

President Donald J. Trump announced the Protect Life Rule in March 2018, after being urged to implement the changes in an April 30 letter from 153 U.S. Representatives led by Kansas Republican Ron Estes. Follow up letters in support of the rules change were signed by 41 members of the U.S. Senate, and over 80 leaders of pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue.

Pro-life supporters are urged to post comments in support of the Protect Life Rule, which would put an end to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and referrers from receiving millions of tax dollars.

“This is one of the last steps before the Protect Life Rule is fully implemented and enforced. We need to show overwhelming public support for the defunding of Planned Parenthood from the Title X program,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “I urge you to comment today in support of the Protect Life Rule that will redirect public funding away from Planned Parenthood and to legitimate health care providers that do not destroy innocent human lives through abortions.”

Since all comments, along with the posters’ names will become part of the public record and may be published, anonymous comments are allowed.

Comments can be posted online at this link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OS-2018-0008-0001. The comment button is located at the upper right on the page.

Urgent Action Needed to Defund Planned Parenthood of Title X Money

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Instead of waiting around for another opportunity for Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of all tax-funding, one Congressman has come up with a way to now deny the abortion giant at least $170 million in public moneys distributed through the Title X program.

Kansas Congressman Ron Estes, along with long-time pro-life stalwarts Rep. Chris Smith and Rep Vicki Hertzler, are seeking as many Congressional co-signers as possible on a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

That letter would recommend a rule change to prevent Title X funding from going to any health facility that conducts abortions or refers for them – including Planned Parenthood.

Title X funding is Planned Parenthood’s second largest source of public funding. This is an opportunity to deny Planned Parenthood a significant amount of tax money that could then be diverted to legitimate health care facilities that respect and value life.

“As fellow Kansans from Wichita, we are proud of our own Rep. Ron Estes for hitting the ground running during his short time in Washington, D.C.,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “He’s not waiting for others to lead in the cause of life! He’s thinking about how to solve issues in unconventional ways. Rep. Estes deserves our support in his effort to defund Planned Parenthood – and the babies deserve it, too.”

Here’s how you can help!

Please contact your Congressman today and ask him or her to sign on to the Estes letter that would change the long-standing pro-abortion rules that have so far ensured a steady money stream into Planned Parenthood’s already wealthy coffers.

“Planned Parenthood rakes in enough cash from abortion, the Hollywood elite, and pro-abortion billionaires like George Soros and Warren Buffett that they do not need to use our hard-earned tax dollars as their own personal slush fund,” said Newman. “The beauty of Rep. Estes’ rule-change plan is that the beneficiaries will be life-affirming health centers. That is a winning plan for pregnant moms and their babies.”

Please contact your Congressman now.

Sample message:

“I urge you to become a co-signer on the letter by Rep. Ron Estes to HHS Secretary Alex Azar proposing a rule change that would deny Title X money to organizations like Planned Parenthood that conduct or refer for abortions.”

Operation Rescue to Trump: Veto the Omnibus Bill until it Defunds Planned Parenthood

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, D.C. – Early this morning the Senate sent the Omnibus spending bill to President Donald Trump for signing, which contains over $500,000,000 for Planned Parenthood.

Moments ago, Pres. Trump indicated he may veto the bill due to a lack of funding for DACA and the border wall. However, there was no mention of the huge allotment of tax money that will fully fund Planned Parenthood.

Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and a founding board member of the Center for Medical Progress, issues the following statement in opposition to the Planned Parenthood funding.

Mr. President, Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the U.S., making them one of the largest abusers of human beings in the world. It is currently under investigation by your Department of Justice for engaging in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains for profit, as revealed in a series of authenticated undercover videos that shook the nation in 2015.

Two Congressional investigations also provided evidence that there is enough probable cause to charge Planned Parenthood with multiple crimes.

During your 2016 Presidential Campaign, you promised to defund Planned Parenthood. I urge you now to keep your promise and veto the Omnibus bill until it no longer provides any of our tax money to Planned Parenthood.

Pro-Life Leader Calls for McConnell’s Resignation Over Senate Inability to Defund Planned Parenthood

PRESS RELEASE

Washington, DC – Yesterday, it was announced that the Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Obamacare bill has been pulled due to three Republican defections, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona. That bill would have prevented over $500 million in tax dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation.

The withdrawal of the bill kills any hope of defunding Planned Parenthood of Federal tax money until next year.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Republican members of the U.S. Senate who could not band together to get this bill done. It angers me that we have to fund Planned Parenthood for another year. This means Planned Parenthood will have the resources it needs to continue its killing spree, and thousands of lives will be lost because of it,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Co-Founder of the Center for Medical Progress, which exposed Planned Parenthood’s participation in the illegal sale organs and tissue obtained from aborted babies.

Defunding Planned Parenthood was a high priority for the Trump administration, which promised to redirect funds from the abortion giant to legitimate health care providers that do not participate in abortions.

“This repeated incapacity to get the job done is completely unacceptable. I call on Mitch McConnell to resign from his position as Senate Majority Leader because of this leadership failure. Republicans must replace him with someone who can unite the majority and lead the Senate to accomplish President Trump’s agenda — and that includes saving innocent lives by defunding Planned Parenthood,” said Newman. “This kind of betrayal of innocent children must not happen again.”

Legislation to Defund Planned Parenthood Must Pass By End of September or Face Lengthy Delay

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Operation Rescue is joining with the Susan B. Anthony List and Family Research Council in support of the Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Obamacare legislation that would also defund organizations like Planned Parenthood and divert the money instead for comprehensive health care.

There is a sense of urgency to passing this legislation because the Fiscal Year 2017 ends on September 30. If the bill is not passed before then, it would be off the table until next year.

“The Graham-Cassidy bill may not be perfect, but it would divert money from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which currently receive over a half-billion taxpayer dollars each year,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “A health care bill can be improved upon later, but it is imperative that the funding of businesses that conduct abortion be ended now. Defunding Planned Parenthood will literally save lives.”

Please contact your U.S. Senators today and ask them vote in favor of the Graham Cassidy-Repeal and Replace Obamacare bill.

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