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American Family Association: Thank President Trump for Defunding Planned Parenthood

TUPELO, Miss.—This week, Planned Parenthood officially withdrew from the Title X Family Planning Program, giving up as much as $60 million in Title X grants each year, rather than comply with President Donald Trump’s Protect Life (Title X) Rule.

For far too long, says the American Family Association (AFA, www.afa.net), Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has had access to federal tax dollars.

“The Trump Administration announced in February a plan to ban Title X grants from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “The new Health and Human Services rule requires Title X providers to maintain physical and financial separation from locations that provide abortion as a method of family planning. The rule ensures compliance with the statutory prohibition against using Title X funds for programs where abortion is a method of family planning. It does not reduce Title X funds; it redirects them to providers that do not perform or promote abortions.

“The nation’s largest abortion mill continues to receive $400 to $500 million per year through Medicaid funding,” Wildmon added. “Only Congress can stop it. It’s up to Senate leadership, and a majority of pro-life senators, to demand that Speaker Nancy Pelosi agrees to an appropriation bill that bans Planned Parenthood from receiving any Medicaid funding.”

Planned Parenthood’s lawyers had indicated to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that it would withdraw barring emergency judicial relief, but the Court declined to hear the request for an emergency injunction.

“President Trump campaigned on the promise to ban taxpayer funding to abortion providers, and this administrative ruling makes good on that promise,” Wildmon said. “President Ronald Reagan was the first president to use the office’s constitutional authority to ban Title X federal grants to abortion providers. President Bill Clinton reversed this ruling after he was elected. Since Clinton, no president has pushed back against Planned Parenthood like President Trump.”

AFA is asking pro-life Americans to sign the petition thanking President Trump for banning Planned Parenthood from receiving federal grants. As of this morning, 28,000 have signed.

View the media page for AFA here. For more information on American Family Association, visit www.afa.net or follow AFA on Facebook or on Twitter @AmericanFamAssc.