"They should have no problem making up those taxpayer dollars though with the support of celebrities, the fashion and tech industries, and Hollywood icons," said Johnson. "But I'm grateful that my tax dollars will not fund Planned Parenthood."
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement that the proposal "is an attempt to take away women's basic rights."
"Under this rule, people will not get the health care they need. They won't get birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, or even general women's health exams."
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the proposal a "dangerous rule" that "should send shivers down the spine of everyone who ever wanted to know the facts and the truth about their own healthcare."
However, Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), stressed that Planned Parenthood would not explicitly be defunded under the new proposal. Instead, it would be required to separate abortion from its services in order to continue receiving Title X funds.
"The Protect Life Rule is about choice. Planned Parenthood can stop performing abortions or stop receiving family planning funding," Smith said. "For too long the abortion giant has utilized Title X funding-up to $60 million annually-to further their core mission of destroying unborn human life. The 1970 program is in dire need of reform, and today's actions lead the way in redirecting the same amount of taxpayer dollars from the abortion industry to actual health care providers."
Rep. Smith, the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was one of more than 150 members of Congress who sent a letter to the Health and Human Services Department in April, asking that Title X dollars be prohibited from going to organizations that perform abortions.
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri), another signatory of the letter, also applauded the proposal.
"The abortion industry should not be the recipient of taxpayer funded family planning programs," she said. "This proposed rule will distinguish between health care facilities that provide family planning services and clinics whose business models promote, facilitate, and perform the inhumane act of abortion."
While the new proposal could lead to Planned Parenthood losing about $60 million annually from Title X funding, the organization is still eligible to receive some $400 million from Medicaid reimbursements annually. Federal Medicaid funds are prohibited from going toward elective abortions, although pro-life advocates have also questioned how thoroughly that regulation is enforced.
The new HHS rule is based off a regulation issued by President Ronald Reagan, which was upheld by the Supreme Court, but was later reversed by President Bill Clinton. The new regulation differs from that of the Reagan era in that it will not ban Title X recipients from counseling clients about abortion.
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Last year, Trump signed a repeal of an Obama-era regulation which had prohibited states from denying federal funds to health clinics solely on the grounds that they provided abortions.