Alliance aims to block feds' financial favor to 'Big Abortion'

Monday, May 17, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

abortion and U.S. CapitolA coalition of more than 20 organizations is objecting to a proposed rule at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would funnel millions of taxpayer dollars to abortion providers by undoing a Trump-era regulation that ensured separation between Title X-funded programs and abortion activities.

The coalition – which includes think tanks, religious institutions, and public interest medical, legal, and advocacy groups – is submitting comments on the proposed rule to the federal agency later today.

Roger Severino, former director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, is currently senior fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, one of the groups in the coalition.

Severino

"Under Title X, family planning clinics receive a tremendous amount of federal funds – and in 2019, the Trump administration made clear that those funds could not be comingled with abortion activities," he explains. "President Biden's HHS, under the leadership of Secretary Xavier Becerra, proposed a rule change that would be a favor to the abortion industry and Big Abortion."

Alliance Defending Freedom is also among the groups comprising the coalition.

Harle

"The revised Title X rule would compromise taxpayers' and healthcare professionals' freedom of conscience by requiring Title X participants to offer or refer patients for abortion and contraceptives," says ADF attorney Denise Harle. "It would also limit options for women by forcing providers who offer natural family planning services out of the program entirely."

The bottom line, according to Harle, is the proposed rule targets everyone who believes abortion is not birth control and imposes a one-size-fits-all method of family planning on the public. "Title X should not be used to punish people of faith, and government programs certainly should not be used as an advertisement and a revenue stream for the abortion industry."

The coalition also includes American Family Association, Christian Medical Association, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Heritage Action for America, Students for Life, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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