The Trump Admin moved to cut off some funding for the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood on Friday.
The Trump White House posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning centers to be in a separate building from abortion centers, a move that would effectively cut off some federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.
Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.
The rule will no doubt get challenged in a federal court.
It is important to note that this rule would not defund all of Planned Parenthood because they get other government funding as well.
This rule will however make a dent and force Planned Parenthood to rebuild facilities or forgo millions of dollars in government funding.
The rule would also block providers from referring for abortions for the purpose of family planning or promoting the practice if they are receiving Title X grants. Because of this, critics have often referred to it as a “gag rule.”
Ronald Reagan instituted a similar policy in 1988 with the backing of the Supreme Court, however, Bill Clinton rolled it back shortly after he began his first term as president.