Biden budget gives Planned Parenthood millions
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The Biden administration has proposed a FY22 budget that will result in the 48 Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country getting millions of additional taxpayer dollars through a couple of major programs. 

Under rules put in place in 2019 by the previous administration, Planned Parenthood withdrew from the Title X family planning program rather than separate its family planning business physically and financially from its abortion business. It was estimated at the time that Planned Parenthood received about $60 million from Title X.

The Biden administration has taken two large steps to try to return this taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood and even see a major increase.

First it proposed a new Title X rule which will “remove the 2019 Final Rule requirements for strict physical and financial separation, allow Title X providers to provide nondirective options counseling, and allow Title X providers to refer their patients for all family planning related services desired by the client, including abortion services.” This change will allow Planned Parenthood to re-enter the Title X program and have access to the estimated $60 million or more.

In addition, the proposed FY22 Biden budget will add an extra $54 million to the Title X program (taking it from $286 million this year to $340 million next year). Clearly, Planned Parenthood is anticipating that the new Title X rule will be approved and that it will then have access to some or most of the $54 million program increase.

In addition to this domestic windfall, Planned Parenthood is expecting huge sums for its international operations. Biden has already terminated the Mexico City Policy of the previous administration that prohibited US funds from going to international organizations that commit or refer for abortions. Now, in his proposed budget, Biden is proposing that “not less than $575,000,000 may be made available for family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species.” Read that again! According to Biden’s budget, if the choice is between human beings and endangered species, the babies lose! Clearly, we are talking here of international population control efforts. Both the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Planned Parenthood Global entities expect to receive additional taxpayer dollars from this initiative. 

In addition to these specific items in the proposed Biden budget that will benefit Planned Parenthood, members of Congress have also noted additional concerns about how the budget is going to increase the number of babies murdered by abortion. Some of those are:

  • The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been found to support China’s population control program, which utilizes forced abortion and sterilization. The budget removes even the modest funding protections that Democrats had supported in past years, including requiring that UNFPA not fund abortions and stating that funds may not be directly used for country programs in China. While a specific amount of funding for UNFPA was not included in the budget, the State Department requested $56 million for UNFPA.
  • Biden calls for the premium tax credits in the American Rescue Plan Act to be made permanent. These tax credits provide subsidies for plans that cover elective abortion.
  • The budget expresses support for the creation of a so-called “public option” for a government-run health insurance that would be offered through the ACA marketplaces. During his campaign, Biden stated that the public option would cover elective abortion.
  • The budget includes a notwithstanding provision that would allow funding to be provided overseas to “promote gender equality” internationally. If defined to include the provision or promotion of abortion, this language could be used to undermine existing protections like the Helms and Siljander Amendments.
  • Replaces the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative with the Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund. It appropriates up to $200 million for the activities of this fund.