Abortion subsidies: Ending Planned Parenthood's schemeEDITORIAL
May 21. 2018 9:35PM
The Trump administration has announced a small but significant step in ending the scandalous taxpayer subsidies that fund Planned Parenthood.
The nation’s largest abortion provider receives about a third of its funding from the federal government, mostly through Medicaid. But it also receives 40 percent of the nation’s Title X family planning program, about $60 million per year.
That money cannot be used to directly pay for abortion services, but Planned Parenthood gets around that easily enough. Title X money pays for overhead so that Planned Parenthood can perform abortions at a loss.
Senate Democrats have filibustered efforts to remove all of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding.
Trump wants to reinstate rules similar to those first approved by President Ronald Reagan, which would require a bright line between a facility receiving Title X funds and one performing abortions. Doctors could counsel pregnant women about abortion, but could not refer them for abortions. This would help end the pernicious cross-subsidy forcing taxpayers to underwrite abortions.
The U.S. Supreme Court found the Reagan-era rules constitutional in 1991. Abortion providers have no inherent right to the public’s money.
Abortion extremists such as Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan decry the rules as an assault on women’s reproductive rights. They are merely Planned Parenthood’s puppets.