Trump Admin Implements “Protect Life Rule” to Block Abortion Referrals at Taxpayer-Funded Family Planning Clinics
The Trump Administration banned abortion referrals at taxpayer-funded family planning clinics on Monday.
The new “Protect Life Rule” will be implemented immediately.
Planned Parenthood and the state of California tried to block the new rules but a federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration in a decision last week.
Mark Meadows tweeted out.
Great news: today the Trump administration is immediately beginning to implement President Trump's 'Protect Life Rule,' stopping taxpayer funding of the abortion industry—something widely supported by Americans. Promise kept from the President.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 16, 2019
Rep. Jody Hice weighed in…
HUGE win for the cause of life! With the new Protect Life regulation, taxpayer dollars will go to life-affirming, not life-ending, family planning services. I thank @POTUS @realdonaldtrump and his administration for implementing this important rule – another promise made & kept. https://t.co/ZEnSfYCUsN
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) July 16, 2019
A ban on abortion referrals at taxpayer-funded family planning clinics is taking effect immediately, the Trump administration said Monday.
The Department of Health and Human Services told family planning providers it would begin enforcing the rules after receiving the go-ahead in recent weeks from two federal courts.
That means clinics receiving family planning grants to provide contraception and other services to low-income women will have to stop providing abortion referrals or lose their funding.
The requirement that family planning services funded by Title X be financially separate from abortion services also begins today. An additional requirement that abortion services and Title X services be performed in separate facilities won’t take effect until next year.
The rules have been praised by conservatives and anti-abortion advocates, who saw the changes to the Title X family planning program as a way to cut funding to Planned Parenthood…
… Planned Parenthood, the state of California and several other states have sued to block the rules, but were dealt a setback last week when a federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration.