On Wednesday, President Joe Biden attempted to undo former President Donald Trump’s pro-life policy that stopped Planned Parenthood and clinics from referring women to get abortions – a reversal that would restore one type of funding for the world’s largest abortion provider.
The Democrat is making good on his campaign promise to reverse the Trump administration’s family planning policy through a proposed rule by his Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In August 2019, Planned Parenthood pulled out of the federal family planning program to avoid abiding by Trump’s rule that kept participants from referring patients for abortions, according to a CBN News report at the time.
More taxpayer abortion money for Planned Parenthood?
For decades, Planned Parenthood received nearly $60 million annually from the Title X federal family planning program, and now, the Biden administration is using the COVID-19 crisis to fund abortion – primarily for minorities – again.
“It makes available about $286 million annually in grants that support clinics serving mainly low-income women,” CBN News reported. “Those clinics – which provide birth control and basic health care services such as cancer screenings – have been affected by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on health services providers.”
Under Trump’s Title X policy, clinics have been prohibited from making abortion referrals and from sharing facilities with abortion providers since such funding was not intended to promote abortions – only to meet health care needs.
Through the attempted reversals, Biden administration is reportedly inciting racial tensions – by alleging the current policy discriminates against minorities – and it would like to immediately do away with Trump’s policy, claiming that it serves 1.5 million fewer women annually; however, it could take months before the process is complete.
“[The 2019 Trump administration policy] abandoned (a) client-centered approach over the objection of every major medical organization without any countervailing public health rationale," the Biden proposal written by HHS alleged, according to CBN.
The Associated Press reported that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates served approximately 40% of the patients before it withdrew from the program in 2019.
It was also noted by AP that Trump’s 2019 policy resulted in a 37% reduction from the average caseload from 2016 to 2018, with HHS estimating that as many as 180,000 babies’ lives were saved and not aborted – lives that were dubbed as “unintended pregnancies.”
In the midst of the challenge, the Biden administration is challenging Trump’s policy in the U.S. Supreme Court, but arguments are not slated until the fall, and CBN noted that the 51-year-old law created in 1970 specifies that taxpayer money cannot be used “where abortion is a method of family planning.”
Speaking for the silent children …
Concerned Women for America President and CEO Penny Nance said that what the pro-abortion Biden administration is now doing to unravel Trump’s pro-life policy should serve as a major lesson for pro-life Christians.
"I think the lesson here that we have to recognize is that we have to codify this pro-life position – the Trump pro-life position – as soon as possible," Nance told CBN News. "As soon as conservatives and the pro-life community is once again in control of Congress, this needs to be our first order of business."
She noted that attacking Title X was not Biden’s first attack on preborn children.
“[W]e've already seen the undoing of the Mexico City policy, which said over $100 million in U.S. tax dollars can't be spent for abortion abroad to promote abortion," Nance explained. "The Biden administration right away – in their flurry of executive orders on Day 1 – undid that."
The pro-life leader stressed the extreme dichotomy between Trump and Biden when it comes to the sanctity of human life, as the career politician served as vice president alongside President Barack Obama, who Dr. James Dobson dubbed as “the abortion president.”
"We're seeing the systematic assault against pro-life policies that were put into place by the Trump administration, and I think there's a lot to suggest that President Trump was perhaps our most pro-life president,” Nance continued. “Certainly, the only president, who not only supported with his politics, but also was very vocal, attended the March for Life and did everything he could do as far as personnel – by the way, personnel is policy."
She indicated that when Americans voted for Biden, they stripped major protections from preborn children.
"At HHS, [Trump] protected the rights of doctors and nurses and pro-life professionals – all of that … all of that is on the table now … all of those people are under assault,” Nance concluded. “Their pro-life religious freedom rights are under assault – hundreds and hundreds of millions of our tax dollars are going to end life. This is the issue."