Major Win for the Conscience Rights of Taxpayers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stephanie Ranade Krider
DATE: Monday, August 19, 2019 PHONE: 614-547-0099 ext. 302
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Today, Planned Parenthood announced that it will pull out of the Title X program due to the Trump administration's enforcement of the "Protect Life Rule" after a federal judge ruled to uphold it. This rule would prohibit Title X family-planning funds from going to clinics who perform or refer for abortions.
“When forced to choose between Title X funding and abortion, Planned Parenthood overwhelmingly chose to forfeit the federal family planning funds in order to keep selling abortions,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, vice president and executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “Now, under the 'Protect Life Rule', all the federal family planning funding will be allocated to organizations on the ground, doing the important work of providing services to women, without funding abortion or abortion referrals.”
The Trump Administration introduced the "Protect Life Rule" in May 2018 and the rule is now set to go into effect on September 18th. This is a return to earlier policy implemented during the Reagan administration. The current rule overturns a Clinton-era regulation that allowed for the money in the Title X slush fund to go to abortion facilities.
This regulation does not change the amount of money that will go towards family planning, but instead will change the eligibility requirements for those who choose to apply for this funding. Alternative health care centers, including community and rural health care centers, outnumber Planned Parenthood abortion facilities by more than 20 to 1 nationwide.
"Abortion is not family planning, and taxpayers should not be forced to fund the staff salaries, rent, and utilities of abortion facilities, as has been the case in the past with Title X,” said Krider. “We’re thankful that the Trump Administration has fought so hard to protect the conscience rights of taxpayers in Ohio and across the nation. Although we wish Planned Parenthood would stop performing and referring for abortions altogether, at least they won’t be using our hard-earned tax dollars to do it.”
Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 43 chapters and local affiliates, is Ohio's oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.