Hartzler Comments on Planned Parenthood Foregoing Federal Family Planning Funds
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement following Planned Parenthood’s announcement that it would forgo receiving Title X funds rather than refrain from providing abortion at its clinics.
“I am grateful for the Administration’s leadership and persistence in providing all Americans with a visible line between federally funded family planning programs and the abortion industry,” Hartzler said. “Taxpayers deserve to know exactly who benefits from their generosity. The ‘Protect Life’ rule that was implemented on Monday provides clarity that abortion clinics can no longer be under the same roof as family planning clinics. This common-sense rule stops funneling federal resources to the abortion industry, provides safeguards for women and children who are victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking and encourages parents to be more involved in their daughters’ health care.”
“It does not surprise me that Planned Parenthood has decided to stop accepting family planning funding,” Hartzler added. “Abortion is their business model, and the Title X grant program provides nearly $60 million annually through mandated abortion referrals and family planning services which often resulted in more abortions. This rule simply highlights the organization’s priority—making billions of dollars off abortion services rather than providing real health care to women. The choice is simple and Planned Parenthood has decided to promote and provide abortion.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced July 15, 2019 as the Protect Life Rule’s first day of compliance. HHS noted that the physical-separation requirement will become effective March 4, 2020. The following Title X final rule provisions are in effect as of July 15, 2019:
- Prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, refer, or promote abortion as a method of family planning;
- Eliminates the mandatory abortion referral provision;
- Permits but does not require nondirective pregnancy counseling;
- Ensures grantees abide by state laws protecting victims of sexual abuse, human trafficking, and partner violence;
- Provides legal protections for victims of rape, incest, child abuse, and human trafficking;
- Requires counseling for minors on how to resist sexual coercion;
- Encourages parent and child communication in family planning decisions.
Clear financial and physical separation between Title X and non-Title X activities (such as abortion services) is required by March 4, 2020.
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