Defunding Planned Parenthood is a dead issue in Congress – but the White House can chisel away at the abortion giant's income.
Many Republicans, including Donald Trump, ran for federal office with the promise of moving to strip the abortion provider of federal funds – but after two years, it hasn't happened. Kristy Hamrick of Students for Life tells OneNewsNow that progress to completely defund is at a standstill.
"The Republicans had a real opportunity to do something [while] holding the House and the Senate and the White House ... and we really have to salute President Trump because he did do what he could," she explains. "He used executive action on Mexico City and then [made] changes to Title X rules."
The Mexico City Policy bans use of tax dollars to organizations that promote or provide abortions.
Hamrick points out a little-known fact about the funding mechanism for Planned Parenthood:
"Let's remember that Planned Parenthood takes in more than half a billion [a year], $500 million+ [taxpayer] dollars, that they get but not through one bill. There's no Planned Parenthood funding bill, and that's what I think people don't always understand. The reality is that Planned Parenthood has infiltrated a number of programs making that kind of money possible."
Consequently, all the president can do is to find ways to chisel away, step by step, at funding in those different federal programs to shut down the flow of federal tax dollars to the abortion conglomerate – and any other abortion provider for that matter.