Trump Signs New Rule to Partially Defund Planned Parenthood

‘The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime…’

Trump Lets States Block Some Planned Parenthood Funds(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump finalized the Protect Life Rule on Friday, which redirects government funding away from health centers that provide abortions—partially defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million in Title X funds from the federal government every year, but Trump’s new administrative rule would prohibit the group from receiving tax dollars unless it stops providing abortive services.

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement.

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions,” Dannenfelser said.

The Protect Life Rule will take effect in 60 days—and, once it does, organizations receiving Title X funds will have 120 days to financially separate family planning operations from abortion services.

Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas, was among the first congressional Republicans who pushed the Trump administration to administer the rule.

“This is a monumental day in the fight to protect life and ensure tax dollars don’t support abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” Estes said in a statement. “As one of the leaders in Congress who encouraged adoption of these guidelines, I am glad to see the Trump administration issue the Protect Life Rule and follow through on its promise to support life.”

This new rule preserves the dignity of Title X, a program built to protect the family, said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.

Perkins said in a statement that the Protect Life Rule is a “major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”

While those involved in the abortion industry still have the right—which likely would fall to the individual states if the Supreme Court were eventually overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision—it helps ensure that their ill-gotten gains don’t come from public coffers.

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite,” Perkins said. “Either way, this will loosen the group’s hold on tens of millions of tax dollars.”