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Senate Rejects Resolution to Prevent Taxpayer Funds from Going to Facilities that Perform Abortions

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WASHINGTON – Late Wednesday, in a vote of 49-49, the Senate rejected a joint resolution that would have reversed the Biden Administration’s 2021 Final Rule on the Title X Family Planning Program. The 2021 Final Rule reversed a Trump era policy that prevented taxpayer funds from going to health facilities that performed or promoted abortion as family planning.

The joint resolution preventing taxpayer funds from going to health facilities that perform or promote abortions was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat joining 48 pro-life Republicans in supporting the joint resolution.

Forty-seven Democratic senators voted to allow family planning funds to go to abortion clinics. 

“We praise Senator Rubio for this joint resolution and his work to prevent taxpayer funds from being used to subsidize the abortion industry that preys on women and their unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “Americans don’t want their taxpayer dollars used to subsidize abortion clinics.”

Under President Trump’s Title X rule, abortion facilities could not be in the same location where family planning services were delivered. The rule also stated that Title X grantees could not refer for elective abortion. The rule did not cut funding for family planning but ensured that funding went to health facilities that did not perform or promote abortion as family planning.

Under the Biden Rule, family planning funding will now flow to entities that perform abortions. Under the Biden administration, both money and facilities can be comingled, giving the abortion industry access to taxpayer funds contrary to the wishes of the majority of Americans.

“For tens of millions of Americans, supplementing the abortion industry through taxpayer funds is offensive,” stated Tobias. “The Biden administration has shown that it is willing to do everything it can to facilitate and expand abortion on demand.”


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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