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.”