The Trump administration is expected to lay out a rule to cut taxpayer funding of abortion clinics on Friday, as announced by an official who told The Weekly Standard that “The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred to as a method of family planning.”
Under Title X, $260 million in federal dollars is currently dedicated to contraception and “other family planning” initiatives.
NBC News reported that the new rule would force groups like Planned Parenthood to choose between federal funding and providing abortions in the same facilities where they offer additional services.
President of the Susan B. Anthony list, a pro-life group, said, “We thank President Trump for taking action to disentangle taxpayers from the abortion business. This is a major victory which will energize the grassroots as we head into the critical midterm elections.”
The bulk of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding actually comes from Medicaid, and the speculated new rule would not impact that cash flow. But the proposed policy would require that abortions be performed at separate facilities than other services, and by different employees in order to continue to receive federal dollars. (Read more from “Word on the Street: Trump Is Planning to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding” HERE)