President Donald Trump has delivered his biggest blow to the abortion industry with his Protect Life Rule.
The rule, approved on Friday, would bar federal dollars from going to fund clinics that provide abortions, The Washington Times reported.
The Trump administration issued a rule Friday barring groups that provide abortions or abortion referrals from participating in the $286 million federal family planning program, a long-expected move that would direct money away from Planned Parenthood and toward faith-based providers.
The regulation, called “The Protect Life Rule,” shores up Title X of 1970’s Public Health Service Act, prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from funding family planning projects in which abortion is part of the family planning process. President Ronald Reagan first issued the rule, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991.
President Bill Clinton rescinded the policy through an executive order. No president has since sought to re-issue the rule.
Groups who support abortion and a woman’s supposed right to choose were outraged.
“This rule compromises the oath that I took to serve patients and help them with making the best decision for their own health,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Dr. Leana Wen.
“Patients expect their doctors to speak honestly with them, to answer their questions, to help them in their time of need,” she said.
The rule reinstatement was celebrated by pro life supporters and groups.
“It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion and health care,” March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said.
BREAKING: President Donald Trump finalized his Protect Life Rule which could strip Planned Parenthood of $60 Million in federal funding.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 22, 2019
GREAT NEWS: the Trump admin has finalized the Protect Life Rule, which would redirect $60 million taxpayer dollars AWAY from abortion giant Planned Parenthood to non-abortion clinics.
Crucial step in the right direction!
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) February 22, 2019
News: The HHS Department has just announced the finalization of the Protect Life rule, which will likely result in Planned Parenthood losing about $60 million of its federal funding through the Title X family-planning program.
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) February 22, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump's new Title X rule does not remove a DIME from family planning.
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) February 22, 2019
BREAKING – The Trump administration has finalized the Protect Life Rule to divert Title X family planning tax dollars from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. This is a monumental day in the fight to protect life. https://t.co/9NqeFMLObL
— Rep. Ron Estes (@RepRonEstes) February 22, 2019
Another victory for unborn babies thanks to President Trump. HHS finalized the Protect Life Rule regarding Title X on family planning! Will you please take a moment now to send a message of thanks to President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar? https://t.co/sYYUt5WHsA
— Brad Mattes (@BradMattes) February 22, 2019
Praise God for this good news that @PPFA @PPact will be denied $60,000,000 by @realDonaldTrump through the Title X Protect Life Rule. I guess it does matter who is @POTUS https://t.co/yT9mL6XVjd (via @RodDMartin)
— tom ascol (@tomascol) February 22, 2019
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