|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2018
|CONTACT: Mallory Quigley
[email protected] | 202-223-8073
“Protect Life Rule” will not cut a single dime from family planning; disentangles taxpayers from abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood
Washington, D.C. – According to media reports, tomorrow the Trump administration will propose new rules to the Title X family planning program that that would direct taxpayer funding away from the abortion industry. The “Protect Life Rule” will fulfill a campaign promise made by President Trump to stop taxpayer funding of abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. The “Protect Life Rule” will not cut a single dime from family planning. Instead, it will direct 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).
In response to tonight’s reports, the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement:
“We thank President Trump for taking action to disentangle taxpayers from the abortion business,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, is responsible for more than 300,000 abortions a year and has been receiving $50-60 million in Title X taxpayer funds annually. The Protect Life Rule doesn’t cut a single dime from family planning. It instead 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. President Trump has shown decisive leadership, delivering on a key promise to pro-life voters who worked so hard to elect him. This is a major victory which will energize the grassroots as we head into the critical midterm elections.”
Announcement of the “Protect Life Rule” comes ahead of President Trump’s keynote address at SBA List’s eleventh annual Campaign for Life Gala, which will take place Tuesday, May 22 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month 85 national and state pro-life groups, 41 U.S. Senators and 153 U.S. Representatives called on President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar to issue new Title X regulations. A recent Marist poll found that six in ten Americans oppose the use of taxpayer funding for abortion.
Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, visiting more than 1.1 million homes in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. SBA List is a network of more than 630,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.