President Joe Biden’s administration is revoking a rule that prevented federal “family planning” aid from going to health centers that perform or refer abortions.
The new rule, which goes into effect on Nov. 8, allows Title X federal family planning funds to go to health centers that refer patients for abortions, according to The Washington Post.
Title X, created in 1970 under former President Richard Nixon, had always prevented the funds from directly paying for abortions, according to the Post.
“Today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a Monday statement.
Under former President Ronald Reagan, the rule forbade the funds from being used for abortion counseling.
In 2019, former President Donald Trump ordered that family planning clinics be stripped of their Title X funding if they refer women for abortions.
Trump’s rules required organizations that perform abortions and make abortion referrals to do so in separate buildings from those receiving Title X federal funds.
The Biden administration quickly took steps to reverse Trump’s policy.
In a Jan. 28 executive order, the new president ordered HHS to review Title X family planning regulations and consider “as soon as practicable, whether to suspend, revise, or rescind, or publish for notice and comment proposed rules suspending, revising, or rescinding, those regulations.”
The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List condemned the move in a Monday evening statement.
“The strong majority of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion on demand,” SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.
“The Protect Life Rule respected their will, as well as the plain statutory language of Title X — yet from day one, Joe Biden and his administration have worked to pay back the abortion lobby that spent millions to elect them.”
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