By Dave Andrusko
And now it’s official. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the world and a $1.6 billion dollar “non-profit,” is withdrawing from the Title X family planning program.
“Monday’s move marked a formal Title X withdrawal, to remain permanent unless Congress acts to overturn the restriction or legal challenges prevail in court,” Reuters reported.
Alexis McGill, acting president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, told journalists on a conference call, “Due to an unethical and dangerous gag rule, the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title 10.”
CBS News’ Kate Smith, who recently wrote a glowing profile of McGill, reported, “Mia Heck, a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement emailed to CBS News on Monday afternoon that Title X recipients shouldn’t have accepted the funds if the organizations were uncomfortable with the so-called “gag rule.”
“Some grantees are now blaming the government for their own actions – having chosen to accept the grant while failing to comply with the regulations that accompany it – and they are abandoning their obligations to serve their patients under the program,” Heck said.
Of the $287 million Title X program, Planned Parenthood is the beneficiary of around $50 to $60 million.
As NRL News Today has reported, there have been numerous developments since HHS issued a rule, finalized in February, which restored Title X family planning regulations to prohibit grantees from co-locating with abortion clinics, or from referring clients for abortion. No money was cut, but the rule ensures that health facilities receiving Title X funds do not perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning.
In upholding the Trump Administration’s position, the effect of a June 20 decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was to lift a national injunctions ordered by lower federal courts in Oregon and Washington state, as well as a statewide injunction in California, as explained by POLITICO. On July 11, the full
9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected emergency bids to temporarily set aside the June 20 decision.