WASHINGTON — The abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood has announced that it will withdraw from the federal family planning funding program Title X as it won’t comply with new qualifying rules established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), namely the prohibition on referring women for abortions.
“We believe that the Trump administration is doing this as an attack on reproductive health care and to keep providers like Planned Parenthood from serving our patients,” acting President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement on Monday. “Health care shouldn’t come down to how much you earn, where you live, or who you are.”
Planned Parenthood had sued HHS announced earlier this year after it announced its intention to revert to the 1988 standard under the Reagan administration, which disqualified family planning organizations from receiving Title X funds if abortions are performed in the same building where contraceptives and other family planning services are offered.
The change meant that abortion providers would either have to divide their services into two separate physical locations, or lose funding.
“This rule will require Title X providers to maintain physical and financial separation from locations which provide abortion as a method of family planning,” a document released by HHS outlined.
“This physical and financial separation will ensure compliance with the statutory requirement that Title X funding not support programs where abortion is a method of family planning — and is consistent with the plain text of Section 1008, legislative history, and case law,” it stated.
The rule change also removed a requirement under the Clinton administration to refer for abortions. However, not only are recipients now not mandated to refer, but they are completely prohibited from doing so. Title X grantees also may not “perform, promote, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”
While federal judges Washington, Oregon and California had struck down the HHS rule, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in June that the lower courts had not sufficiently analyzed certain aspects of the case and opined that the Trump administration was likely to win the legal challenge.
According to Planned Parenthood, oral argument was scheduled for Sept. 23 in regard to the legal challenge, but HHS advised that grantees had to provide assurance of intent to comply by Aug. 19 or their participation in the program would be discontinued.
Planned Parenthood chose not to comply, HHS said in a statement.
“Every grantee had the choice to accept the grant and comply with the program’s regulations or not accept the grant if they did not want to comply,” it outlined. “Some grantees are now blaming the government for their own actions – having chosen to accept the grant while failing to comply with the regulations that accompany it – and they are abandoning their obligations to serve their patients under the program.”
As previously reported, while modern-day Planned Parenthood leaders ardently argue that abortion is a mother’s “right,” the organization’s feminist founder, Margaret Sanger, actually wrote against abortion, stating that “the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization.”
“The great majority of women … belong to the working class. Nearly all of these women will fall into one of two general groups — the ones who are having children against their wills, and those who, to escape this evil, find refuge in abortion. Being given their choice by society — to continue to be overburdened mothers or to submit to a humiliating, repulsive, painful and too often gravely dangerous operation, those women in whom the feminine urge to freedom is strongest choose the abortionist,” she remarked in her book “Woman and the New Race.”
However, Sanger’s solution to countering abortion was birth control, initially naming her organization the American Birth Control League. She was also a proponent of eugenics against the physically and mentally disabled, using birth control to prevent undesirables from reproducing and to keep healthy women from producing large families.
“The question that society must answer is this: Shall family limitation be achieved through birth control or abortion? Shall normal, safe, effective contraceptives be employed, or shall we continue to force women to the abnormal, often dangerous surgical operation?” Sanger asked.
According to Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report, 332,757 babies were murdered in their mother’s womb during the 2017-2018 fiscal year — over 11,000 more than the year prior. The number of abortions equates to 911 a day.