The Trump administration unveiled a new Title X rule which would stop taxpayer funding of organizations that perform or refer for abortions, like Planned Parenthood. The Protect Life rule states that any entity that commits abortions or refers for abortions may not receive tax dollars designated for family planning services. Not one dime of the current family planning funding has been cut.
Here are three reasons why that improves Pennsylvania:
1) The Protect Life Rule will help us invest in the best care options for women and families.
Especially with limited taxpayer funding, we should be investing this funding in the best care for women and families. Pennsylvania should be investing more in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) that provide comprehensive care, including prenatal services and even transportation assistance, without the direct profit from abortions.
Groups like Planned Parenthood offer limited services that are fueled by abortion profits. Planned Parenthood offers no prenatal care, no mammograms, has closed twelve locations since 2012 and has declining basic services yet continues to profit from carrying out half of the abortions in Pennsylvania.
2) Planned Parenthood is an extreme political organization lobbying for policies like legalized infanticide.
Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funded operation actively lobbied against the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would have ensured care for babies who survived a botched abortion. Medical care for babies born alive after a failed abortion should be common sense and common ground. Planned Parenthood not only disagrees, but actively recruits opposition.
In 2017, Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania was given over $3.4 million in government grants. At the same time, Planned Parenthood in PA spent close to $1 million on lobbying efforts to “shape public policy at the local, state and federal levels by providing up-to-date information about legislation, meeting with public officials about reproductive health issues, mobilizing supporters to take action to protect reproductive rights, hosting community events and advocacy training, working with coalition partners, and communicating our message in the media.”
That’s from an organization receiving your taxdollars. And this doesn’t even account for their political arm Planned Parenthood PA Advocates that is devoted to lobbying for their extreme abortion-on-demand without exception agenda.
Planned Parenthood should not be supplemented with taxdollars.
3) Pennsylvanians overall do no want their taxdollars used to pay for abortions.
Preventing the taxpayer funding of abortion was agreed upon by our legislature in the passing of the PA Abortion Control Act and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Additional legislation has reinforced this support, such as House Bill 818, signed into law in 2013, that ensured Pennsylvania taxpayers would not be forced to fund abortion in the Obamacare health exchange. National polling continues to agree with this sentiment as well.
This Protect Life Rule is not a new idea. The regulation was first instituted by the Reagan administration and was even upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court – then eliminated by President Clinton and never reinstated. Pennsylvania, and the nation, is better with it.
More: When a politician tells you we need to fund Planned Parenthood to provide women’s health care, here are the facts.