Biden administration overturns Trump’s “Protect Life Rule,” will allow funding of Planned Parenthood

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues

The Biden administration issued a new regulation overturning the “Protect Life Rule” that will allow Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortions to receive federal family planning funds, although the funds cannot directly pay for abortions.

The final regulation announced by Health and Human Services will allow health clinics which participate in the Title X family planning program for low-income communities to once again refer for abortions. In addition, the rule eliminates “requirements for strict physical and financial separation between abortion-related activities and Title X project activities.”

Planned Parenthood applauded the new regulation calling it a “huge Victory for Sexual and Reproductive Health Care” but expressed regret that it allows for conscientious objection to abortion counseling or referral for Title X grantees calling this part of the rule “harmful and unnecessary”.

Pro-life groups argued that the program’s funding of abortion providers, while not directly subsidizing abortions, will help free up other resources at those clinics for abortions. In 2019, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, forfeited an estimated $60 million in annual Title X funding when it withdrew from the program.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed disappointment with the new Title X regulation and told EWTN News Nightly that it is “really sad” that the Biden administration is “in the control of abortion extremists.”

He challenged President Biden to act according to his faith, “He likes to call himself a devout Catholic. I would urge him to begin to act like one, especially on the life issues. And to let his faith really inform his conscience and the decisions that he’s making, not the platform of his party.”