Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a group of 21 Republican attorneys general in threatening to sue the Biden administration if it uses the Title X program to force American taxpayers to support the abortion industry.
Among the others include the attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia, as reported by Life News.
In a letter dated May 17, the AGs expressed their objections to President Joe Biden’s planned modifications to the Title X family planning program. The letter was addressed to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.
The adjustments would undo President Donald Trump’s pro-life policy, which saw the abortion chain Planned Parenthood lose $60 million in funding.
According to the Republican attorney generals, Biden’s proposal may violate anti-discrimination laws as well as the consciences of millions of Americans. They said the rule would force the Department of Health and Human Services to finance abortions, a flagrant violation of Title X.
“The proposed rule is not based on public health, but grantee preference to have freer rein of taxpayer dollars,” they wrote.
“Title X reflects a compromise. It funds services that large numbers of Americans support while withholding that funding from services that large numbers oppose,” the attorney generals wrote. “The Proposed Rule tramples that compromise, by intertwining family-planning services with the divisive issue of publicly funded abortions.”
The letter also points out that the Department of Health and Human Services “health equity” push may violate anti-discrimination law because “health programs that receive funding from the department may not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.”
Proposed changes to Title X push mass abortion
Abortions are not allowed to be paid for with Title X money. The program is intended to offer low-income people family planning services, and the legislation prohibits Title X money from being utilized “where abortion is a method of family planning.”
Abortion rights supporters and opponents have argued back and forth over decades, through Democratic and Republican administrations, whether counseling a patient about abortion or referring a patient to a different provider for an abortion violates that language, AP reported.
Trump’s rule dictates more clearly that Title X beneficiaries cannot refer women for abortions or deliver abortions, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not used to facilitate the killing of unborn babies.
However, under Biden’s rule, abortion providers will be able to reclaim cash and will be required to refer patients for abortions.
Additionally, some pro-life leaders have expressed concern that the planned modifications could force doctors and other pro-life medical providers to direct individuals to the program for abortions.
Last week, at a press conference hosted by the pro-life Ethics and Public Policy Center, Denise Harle, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said: “The current Title X rules ensure that taxpayer dollars don’t fund programs promoting abortion, but the revised Title X rule compromises healthcare professionals’ freedom of conscience by requiring Title X participants to refer patients for abortion and contraceptives.
The revised rule targets everyone who believes abortion is not birth control and imposes a one-size-fits-all method of family planning on the public.”
The modifications have not yet taken effect. A 30-day comment period has just ended last week, and the rule must now go through final review before the Biden administration can put it into effect.
According to a recent Marist poll, a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion by a double-digit margin (54% to 39%).