Kathryn Blackhurst


President dealt a blow to Planned Parenthood and other clinics with a new pro-life Title X rule on Friday

President Donald Trump energized the pro-life movement on Friday when his administration announced it plans to cut off millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers with a final rule revising the revamped Title X program.

The new rule “prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website.

Taxpayer-funded health care providers that offer abortions or refer women to other providers for abortions will no longer be eligible for these federal funds, according to the final rule.

In order to receive the Title X Family Planning grants, these women’s health care providers must be “physically and financially” cut off from abortion services.

The new rule does not, however, prevent the “nondirective pregnancy counseling, including nondirective counseling on abortion,” according to HHS.

Such counseling is simply no longer required.

The revisions will go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, according to HHS.

Pro-life advocates and many Republican lawmakers have long called for the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood. And Friday’s new Title X rule marks a significant step toward that goal.

“It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion and healthcare,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement on Friday. “Abortion is neither health care nor family planning which is why the Title X program has no business funding it.”

Mancini said that March for Life applauds the Trump administration “on this move that protects American taxpayers from paying for abortion through Title X.” She noted that women will “benefit from better regulatory oversight, a wider range of services, and more life-affirming options.”

“The new Title X regulations are a win-win for all Americans,” Mancini said.

Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) List President Marjorie Dannenfelser thanked President Trump in a statement for “taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood.”

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions,” Dannenfelser said.

Dannenfelser argued that the Title X program “was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars.”

“We thank President Trump and (HHS) Secretary [Alex] Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion,” She continued.

But Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen pledged — through a series of tweets — to “fight this rule with everything we have.”

“The implications of the Trump-Pence administration’s attack on Title X with a gag rule are staggering. It compromises the oath I took to serve my patients and help them make the best decisions about their health,” Wen wrote.

Wen insisted that abortion is “standard medical health care.”

She also accused “the Trump-Pence administration” of carrying out “an attack on poor women and people of color” with the Title X rule.

“Planned Parenthood is proud to serve 41% of the 4 million people who rely on Title X health centers. We will always be here for our patients. We will fight this rule with everything we have,” Wen warned.

Katherine Ragsdale, the interim president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), said in a statement that “any attempt to reduce access to comprehensive reproductive health care simply to score political points with anti-abortion extremists is unacceptable.”

“It is unfathomable that anyone would want to prevent health care providers from giving their patients referrals to other safe, quality health care providers,” Ragsdale said. “This is another clear sign that President Trump and his administration would rather bow to anti-abortion extremists than ensure people in America have access to the quality health care they need.”

Lawmakers also reacted to the new pro-life Title X rule.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) tweeted, “An important move from the president here on Title X and yet another promise kept. Forcing taxpayers to fund abortion providers is wrong and should’ve ended long ago.”

“This is nothing less than an all-out attack on Americans’ health and rights, and on health care providers’ ability to do their jobs,” tweeted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 presidential hopeful. “The women of this country — and all people who rely on Title X providers — deserve a president who respects them.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused the Trump administration of imposing “radical Republican views on American women by putting obstacles in the way of accessing care they deserve” in protecting the unborn.

“This is yet another example of the systematic health care sabotage that Republicans have been implementing since day one of the Trump administration, but this time, women’s reproductive rights are the casualty,” Schumer tweeted.

One of the 2020 presidential hopefuls, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), tweeted, “In yet another attack on women’s right to access reproductive health care, this administration just banned Title X health care providers from referring patients for abortion services. This is both outrageous and dangerous. We will fight back.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another 2020 presidential candidate, tweeted, “This new rule is a disgraceful assault on women’s right and an assault on millions of Americans’ ability to get the health care they need. Title X funds provide much-needed family planning services for millions of people. Congress must take action to overturn the final rule.”

Author: Kathryn Blackhurst

Source: Lifezette: Trump Admin to Take Millions Away from Abortion Providers

HHS under former president appeared to break the law by awarding $$ to a group helping Unaccompanied Alien Children

Former President Barack Obama’s administration approved multiple contracts totaling more than $310 million to a nonprofit organization offering legal advice to illegal immigrants during his final two full years in office, according to a report from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI).

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Obama awarded the contracts to the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) for the “purpose of providing legal representation to unaccompanied alien children (UACs),” IRLI noted on Thursday.

The contracts ensured that Vera would provide “direct legal representation” to these UACs and connect them with sponsors.

Christopher Stone, one of Vera’s former directors, also has served as a president of liberal billionaire activist George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The Obama administration, however, appeared to overlook one key factor: The Immigration and Nationality Act stipulates that illegal immigrants facing deportation proceedings “shall have the privilege of being represented (at no expense to the government),” as IRLI noted.

“When the federal government pays for illegal alien minors to receive direct legal representation, it does more than flout the law,” Dale L. Wilcox, IRLI’s executive director and general counsel, said in a statement released with the report.

“These unauthorized payments have undoubtedly [sped up] UACs’ release from detention facilities to join their families, relatives, or fellow gang members — or help them reconnect with and pay ‘pandillas,’ the criminal cartels that make enormous profits from controlling human trafficking over the southern border,” Wilcox said.

“My guess is that average voters would not be pleased to know that such vast amounts of their tax dollars are being spent in aid of this giant criminal enterprise,” Wilcox added.

Indeed, some people greeted the report findings with varying degrees of outrage and frustration.

“So as a taxpaying citizen the gov’t ruins the life of a true patriot, Gen Mike Flynn, due to high legal bills, but if he were an illegal immigrant, Obama would have picked up the tab?” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) tweeted.

He was referencing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s soaring legal bills as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Conservatives commentators Diamond and Silk tweeted, “Caring more for Illegals than Americans … This is scandalous.”

“Remember this when you see your next pay stub and realize your tax dollars were funding illegals. Obama Caught Secretly Funneling $310 MILLION to Illegal Immigrants,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another Twitter user wrote, “Wow, that was generous of him especially when our country was in such financial turmoil!”

Still another person tweeted, “$310 million could go a long way to helping feed our citizens who are homeless.”

IRLI released its report as President Donald Trump is fighting for border wall funding from Congress while trying to avoid a year-end government shutdown.

Related: Caravan Migrant, Age 19, Crosses U.S. Border to Give Birth

Trump, who campaigned heavily on securing the border, building a border wall and enforcing U.S. immigration laws, has recently brought attention to the latest Central American migrant caravan filled with thousands of people seeking entry into the U.S.

One Honduran woman who reportedly traveled with the caravan actually crossed the border illegally and within 24 hours gave birth in the U.S., as Fox News reported.

Trump broached the idea in October of using an executive order to end birthright citizenship to address the “anchor babies” controversy.

Check out Trump’s border wall remarks in the video below:

Author: Kathryn Blackhurst

Source: Lifezette: Obama Admin. Approved Contracts of Over $310M Offering Services to Illegal Immigrants

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