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Trump Just Beat Planned Parenthood and Forced the Abortion Provider To Abandon Federal Funds

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Planned Parenthood announced Monday afternoon that all of its clinics will abandon the Title X federal program designed to provide low-income women with birth control.

The abortion provider’s announcement came with a boilerplate warning that those “struggling to make ends meet” might face difficulty in getting the “care” they need, according to CBS News.

In this case “care” is very likely a euphemism for abortion.

The abortion provider’s decision is in response to a rule issued by Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services in February.

The rule states that “none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”

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That rule effectively restricted any clinic that received Title X funds from performing abortions, with the exception of cases where the life of the mother is in danger.

While pro-abortion advocates have called the measure a “gag rule,” pro-life advocates note that the rule simply closes a loophole that’s been used to exploit Title X.

Title X funds were never authorized to fund abortions. The funds have always been intended for wellness checks, STD screenings, and other non-abortion related services.

The fact that Title X provides funds for those services, however, means that abortion providers can divert their own, non-governmental funds from those programs and send those funds straight to their abortion programs.

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Josh Manning is deputy managing editor, assignment, at The Western Journal. He holds a masters in public policy from Harvard University and has a background in higher education.
Josh Manning grew up outside of Memphis, TN and developed a love of history, politics, and government studies thanks to a life-changing history and civics teacher named Mr. McBride.

He holds an MPP from Harvard University and a BA from Lyon College, a small but distinguished liberal arts college where he also served as an interim vice president.

While in school he did everything possible to confront, discomfit, and drive ivy league liberals to their knees.

After a number of years working in academe, he moved to digital journalism and opinion. Since that point, he has held various leadership positions at The Western Journal and now serves as editor-at-large.

He's married to a gorgeous blonde who played in the 1998 NCAA women's basketball championship game, and he has two pre-teens who hate doing dishes more than poison. He makes life possible for two boxers -- "Hank" Rearden Manning and "Tucker" Carlson Manning -- and a pitbull named Nikki Haley "Gracie" Manning.
Education
MPP from Harvard University, BA from Lyon College
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Writing, politics, Christianity, social media curation, higher education, firearms




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