The U.S. government could reallocate Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to possibly as much as $60 million.
According to Washington Examiner, President Trump will implement the Protect Life program on Monday, Aug. 19, which will redirect the budget for birth control and reproductive health care in the United States.
Protect Life is a regulation promoted by the Trump administration for family planning clinics (providing ultrasound services, pregnancy assistance, prevention, sex education, etc.) to be physically separated from abortion centers so that they can receive federal Title X funds.
The measure, which also establishes that family planning and abortion staff are different, significantly affects Planned Parenthood (IPPF) clinics because they perform abortions in the same facilities where family planning care and counseling are supposed to be provided.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Department of Health and Human Services gave IPPF until Monday to rearrange its facilities if they want to continue to receive state funding.
“The Title X Protect Life Rule draws a bright line of separation between abortion and family planning to ensure that taxpayers are protected from subsidizing abortions,” said Mallory Quigley, vice president of communications for the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List.
Within this framework, Planned Parenthood clinics are expected not to adapt to the new provisions. In fact, Planned Parenthood on Wednesday asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block the abortion restrictions by Monday to prevent its “expulsion” from Title X, The Hill reported.
The media indicated that IPPF had been a major beneficiary of Title X for decades, serving 40 percent of all patients in the program and thus receiving millions of dollars in federal funds under previous administrations.
According to the pro-life portal LifeNews, the figure that IPPF received each year ranged from $50 million to $60 million.
However, since becoming president, Donald Trump said taxpayer dollars should not go to groups that perform abortions.
The Hill explained that while federal law prohibits the government from funding the abortion industry, in reality the implementation of Title X allowed clinics to receive funding because they also allegedly provided “family planning” services.
That is why the ‘Protect Life’ program implemented by the Trump administration is seen as a victory for pro-life groups in the United States.
“Planned Parenthood’s refusal to comply with this simple regulation demonstrates yet again just how committed they are to performing abortions,” Quigley said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, stating that IPPF performs more than 300,000 abortions each year.
Simultaneously, the new provisions allow pro-life pregnancy centers to compete with the abortion giant for federal funds, providing family planning services for low-income people without involving abortions.
With President Trump’s arrival at the White House, Planned Parenthood’s influence on U.S. public health was greatly reduced. This organization has also been denounced many times for being involved in the commercialization of fetuses.