|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2019
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
President Trump’s Protect Life Rule Honors the Will of the American People, Stops Abuse of Title X by Abortion Businesses
Washington, D.C. – As the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce holds a hearing entitled “Protecting Title X and Safeguarding Quality Family Planning Care” this morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released a statement slamming extremist Democrats’ latest attempt to force taxpayers to fund the abortion industry:
“Extremist Democrats who would force taxpayers to fund the abortion industry are radically out of step with the American people,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Over the years, a strong majority of Americans have consistently voiced their opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion – it is even unpopular among Democrats and self-described pro-choice Americans. The Protect Life Rule simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund without reducing funding by a dime. Abortion is not health care, and we can better serve women and families by redirecting tax dollars to the growing network of community health alternatives that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities at least 20 to one. We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for standing on the side of the American people and vigorously defending this administration’s pro-life policies.”
A Marist poll in January of this year found that, by a double-digit margin, a majority of all Americans oppose any taxpayer funding of abortion (54 percent to 39 percent).
Under the Protect Life Rule abortion centers cannot serve as taxpayer-funded family planning centers (“co-location”). In addition, Title X locations cannot refer for abortion. The Protect Life Rule does not prohibit Title X providers from providing neutral, nondirective counseling about abortion and does not prevent anyone from obtaining Title X services. It does not reduce family planning funding by a dime. Instead, it directs tax dollars to Title X centers that do not promote or perform abortions, such as the growing number of community and rural health centers that far outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities. Similar regulations were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan (500 U.S. 173).
SBA List is a network of more than 787,000 pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.