Obama Is at It Again -- Protecting PP's Money
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2016-09-07

Late last Friday the Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the Title X program (pronounced Title Ten). The proposed rule is designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood. 

The Title X program is a family planning program run by the Office of Population Affairs at HHS. First authorized in 1970 to reduce population growth by providing family planning to low income women, the program has not been reauthorized since 1985. However it has continued to receive funding through the Labor, HHS Appropriations Bill, which appropriated $286 million for FY16. 

Over the years, some states receiving Title X grants have directed their funding to county health departments, community health centers, and other clinics. As a result, funds are redirected away from Planned Parenthood. These proposed rules are designed to ensure that funds go to Planned Parenthood. 

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) issued the following press release on these proposed rules:

Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse, author of the House-passed Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, and member of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, responded to a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that could prevent states from blocking Title X funding (federal dollars for family planning services) to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Black released the following statement:

“This latest stunt from President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services should surprise absolutely no one,” said Congressman Diane Black. “We’ve known all along that the Obama Administration will go to untold lengths to protect its friends in the big abortion industry. After all, this Administration has previously used backdoor maneuvers to line Planned Parenthood’s pockets with Obamacare navigator grants and praised the abortion provider’s ‘high ethical standard’ even after it was caught trafficking in baby body parts. Now, they have taken the unprecedented step of thwarting states’ rights with a shady proposed rule change that prevents states from funding the providers who will best serve their citizens. In the coming days, I intend to lead a letter expressing the deep concerns of Members of Congress on this proposal, but we won’t stop there. We must use the full force of Congress and the grassroots strength of the national pro-life movement to defeat this absurd rule and prevent the Obama Administration from acting unilaterally to carry out political favors and prop up a scandal-ridden abortion provider.” 

ACTION:

We urge all STOPP supporters to voice your opposition to these proposed rules. Please take the following three actions:

1. A 30-day comment period starts today. The proposed rule includes instructions for commenting. Click on the proposed rule change and download the pdf to see the options for submitting comments.

2. Contact your own members of Congress and ask them to work with Rep. Black and do everything possible to stop Obama from forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood.

3. Pray for the defeat of these rules.