Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider. Due to its abortion business, some members of Congress and the Trump administration have sought to separate the organization entirely from Medicaid funding and federal family planning funding.
The Trump administration issued a rule in Feb. 2019 prohibiting grantees in the federal Title X family planning program from referring for abortions, or being co-located with abortion clinics.
Rather than comply with the regulations, Planned Parenthood withdrew from the program in August, 2019, forfeiting an estimated $60 million in annual funding. The organization says it helped delay implementation of the rule for more than ten months, holding on to Title X funding in the meantime.
Despite withdrawing from Title X, the group received more than $618 million in government funding in the 2019-20 year—an increase of $1.3 million from the previous year.
The AP reported in Feb., 2020, that states were already moving to fund the organization in their budgets to cover the Title X funding shortfall. Planned Parenthood also receives reimbursements from Medicaid for services, although Medicaid cannot pay for elective abortions by law.
The White House, meanwhile, has reaffirmed President Joe Biden’s support for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and Biden has issued guidance saying that states can’t refuse to fund the organization with Medicaid dollars.
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Biden also supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bars federal funding of elective abortions.
Dannenfelser warned against efforts by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups to loosen federal restrictions on the abortion pill regimen, making it available over-the-counter and through the postal service. Currently, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations require that the abortion pill be prescribed in-person at a health clinic.
“We will never quit fighting to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion industry and provide the life-affirming alternatives women and families deserve,” she said.