Live Action Responds to Finalization of “Protect Life Rule”
President Trump to Stop “Title X” Funding of Abortion Organizations like Planned Parenthood
Washington, D.C. – Today, President Trump’s Health and Human Services Department finalized the “Protect Life Rule” to redirect Title X family planning program funds away from the abortion industry. The rule would help end taxpayer funding of abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who will no longer receive Title X funding if they choose not to comply with the rule’s requirements. Under the rule, Title X locations cannot refer for abortion. The rule does not reduce family planning funding, and does not prohibit Title X providers from providing neutral, nondirective counseling about abortion. It also does not prevent anyone from obtaining Title X services.
Lila Rose, president and founder of Live Action, responds:
“We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for taking steps to ensure that the Title X program does not fund corporations that profit from the pain of women and the deaths of their children. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s biggest abortion chain, ending the lives of 900 preborn children every day, and receives over $60 million in Title X taxpayer funds every year. The corporation has also been exposed selling the body parts of the babies they kill, covering up the sexual abuse of young girls and trafficking victims, and lying to women and girls about their services. Title X has been a slush fund for these human rights abuses, helping Planned Parenthood pay for advertising, facilities, and staff that help grow its abortion business. Stopping the taxpayer subsidy of abortion is a crucial step to begin disentangling some of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that help fuel Planned Parenthood’s abortion operations annually. While most of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding comes in the form of Medicaid reimbursements rather than through Title X, this is still an important victory. We urge the administration and elected leaders of good will in both the House and the Senate to cease all federal funding of these atrocities.”
For an interview with Lila Rose please contact Alison Howard Centofante at [email protected]