Trump Proposes Protect Life Rule to End Funding to Planned Parenthood

May 18, 2018

Hoosier Women React Positively to the Trump’s Protect Life Rule 
WASHINGTON – President Trump is expected to propose the Protect Life Rule today, to end Title X taxpayer funds from going to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood facilities are only 13 percent of nearly 4,000 Title X-funded facilities serving women across the nation. The millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers stand to lose will be redirected to abortion-free health centers.

In 2011, Indiana lawmakers voted to block Medicaid funds from going to abortion providers within the state. However, this effort didn’t affect Title X dollars as those funds are handled federally by Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS sends Title X funds to the Indiana Family Health Council, which then directs the funds to entities it contracts with. There is little transparency for the Indiana Family Health Council, though documents show it directed $1.6 million to Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2012.

Indiana Right to Life will be monitoring the Protect Life Rule closely once enacted, to ensure the Indiana Family Health Council ceases funding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana. Planned Parenthood is the state’s largest abortion chain, doing more than 5,000 abortions per year.

“Women deserve better than Planned Parenthood, a business that profits every time a child loses his or her life,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood claims it doesn’t use federal funds on abortions, but we all know that the government money it receives is fungible. Our taxpayer dollars pay for staff hours, building rent, electricity and more at its four Indiana facilities that do abortions.

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s (PPINK) own reports show that women are abandoning the abortion provider. PPINK’s client base has been cut nearly cut in half over the last decade and total visits are down 22 percent from 2016 to 2017.”

“Supporters of Planned Parenthood will decry Trump’s Protect Life Rule, claiming women will have no access to birth control, sexual disease testing or preventative care. That is simply not true. PPINK’s reports show pap tests are down more than 90 percent over 10 years and pregnancy tests are down 50 percent over 10 years. Only HIV test are up over a decade; chlamydia and gonorrhea tests are both down 40 percent in that same period. Oral contraception is down 85 percent over 10 years, emergency contraception is down 91 percent over 10 years and condoms/spermicides are down 68 percent over 10 years. Only .004 percent of Indiana and Kentucky’s populations are even seen by PPINK.

“Our tax dollars are better spent at facilities that help women and offer life-affirming health care. I’m proud to support President Trump’s proposed Protect Life Rule.”

Indiana Senator Erin Houchin (District 47) said: “I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking a bold stand for life with the proposal of the Protect Life Rule. By prohibiting Title X funds from going to abortion providers, we will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not being spent on ending innocent lives, and will instead be directed to life-affirming healthcare and family-planning organizations. Indiana has been a leader in the pro-life movement, and I am proud of the President for fighting for women’s health and the unborn on a national scale.”

Indiana Senator Liz Brown (District 15) added: “I applaud President Trump for his courageous decision on the proposed Protect Life Rule. I stand with Hoosiers who prefer our tax dollars be used for improving the health of all Hoosiers, not for the taking of innocent life.”

Indiana Representative Peggy Mayfield (District 60) commented: “Hoosier women deserve care that focuses on their well-being and health, rather than the push toward the profitability of abortion and the destruction of the life of their child. We know that community health centers and other types of clinics available in Indiana focus on the health of women. Not only do these 3,600 alternative locations provide more comprehensive healthcare compared to Planned Parenthood’s limited services at 17 facilities, but they outnumber the abortion giant’s number of locations more than 200 to 1. The stand-alone family planning clinic has become a thing of the past and the new Title X regulations recognize that.”

More information on PPINK’s decline is available at www.irtl.org/ppink.

Indiana Right to Life is sponsoring a “Thank You” to President Trump at https://p2a.co/AUc4BSw. Pro-life citizens can also text TRUMP to 52886. (Indiana Right to Life, Inc.  Action Alerts. Message Frequency. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to optout, HELP for help)

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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