The new rule, which goes into effect on November 8, allows federal Title X family planning funds to go to health centers that refer patients for abortion, according to the Washington Post. Title X, created in 1970 under the direction of former President Richard Nixon, has always banned funds from directly paying for abortions, according to the Post.
“Today more than ever, we are making it clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals based on the patient’s needs and direction,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier. Becerra in a statement on Monday, the Post reported.
Former President Donald Trump ordered in July 2019 that family planning clinics be deprived of their Title X funding if they refer women for abortions, taking the Title X rule even beyond Nixon. Under former President Ronald Reagan, the rule prohibited the funds from being used for abortion counseling.
Trump’s rules required that organizations that practice abortions and submit abortion reports do so in buildings separate from those receiving federal Title X funds.
The Biden administration quickly took steps to reverse Trump’s policy. In an executive order dated January 28, the new president ordered HHS to review Title X family planning regulations and consider “as soon as practicable whether to suspend, revise or terminate, or publish for notice and comment on proposals for suspension of the rules, the revision or repeal of such regulations “.
Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List condemned the move in a statement on Monday night.
“The vast majority of Americans oppose the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement. “The Protect Life Rule respected their will, as well as the simple legal language of Title X, yet from day one Joe Biden and his administration have worked to pay back the abortion lobby that spent millions to elect them.”
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