By Tim Tapp:
Planned Parenthood announced that they would prefer to abandon Title X funding, rather than follow a new Department of Health and Human Services rule. (The Protect Life rule barring clinics that participate in Title X from referring women to abortion providers.) Planned Parenthood has been fighting the new standard since first announced. But the courts have not been as friendly to the leftist organization founded by avowed eugenicist and racist Margaret Sanger, as they have been in the past.
Twenty plus states and the District of Columbia, along with the American Medical Association, the Oregon Medical Association, local Planned Parenthood affiliates, and two individual healthcare providers, all joined Planned Parenthood and filed suit in Oregon. In July a federal appeals court ruled that the rule change could take effect while a lawsuit runs its course. Planned Parenthood then requested a stay from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to delay the rule-implementation until its legal challenge was resolved, but the Ninth said no.
It is important to note that the Protect Life Rule isn't really new. The statute governing Title X has said, for most of the program's history, "none of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning." That language has been consistently ignored.
The "new" rule simply will no longer allow that language to be ignored. And while Planned Parenthood, along with other pro-abortion groups, whine calling it "unethical" or a "gag rule" ultimately they know that the clear distinction between abortion and family planning, as stated in Title X, has been upheld by the Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan. As the legal challenge moves to higher courts, the less likely the courts are to side with the abortion mill pretending to be a women's health organization.
When the Ninth Circuit refused to give the stay of implementation, Planned Parenthood had a choice to make. They either follow the rule or give up the money. When you understand what Planned Parenthood is behind the facade, you know there was no choice at all. They prey upon the poor and profit from the destruction of the unborn. They dumped Leana Wen, a physician who has led Planned Parenthood for less than a year because she wasn't politically aggressive enough for the board's taste. They wanted someone who was going to push every state to pass laws like New York's late-term abortion law. Wen's only mistake (other than supporting abortion-on-demand) was believing the lie; that Planned Parenthood was a healthcare organization.
Wen's political dismissal along with the decision the walk away from Title X are just further evidence of the true agenda of the single most significant cause of death in the Black community. Planned Parenthood has no commitment to family planning; their commitment is to the wholesale slaughter of the unborn. They target specific communities, they bully companies into large contributions, they illegally sell fetal body parts, and they take every last taxpayer dollar that politicians will let them have.
The decision to give up the Title X money will be seen as a victory for life by many. But, Title X only accounts for about 15 percent of Planned Parenthood's overall federal funding each year. Most years, the entire federal funding total makes up less than 40 percent of their total annual budget. The baby ending conglomerate will hardly miss that roughly $60 million. A real pro-life victory would be ending all taxpayer dollars making their way into the coffers of Margaret Sanger's legacy. Taxpayers should not be funding any organization that provides abortions, no matter how the dollars they receive are budgeted.
Abortion is not healthcare. No matter what the people making money off of it tell you. (And that includes the politicians receiving campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood, who then work to protect the flow of federal dollars back to Planned Parenthood).