Donald Trump Administration may finally present a way to fulfil his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood
Half of Planned Parenthood affiliates clinics perform abortions and the organization in its entirety is the nation’s leading abortion provider, financed with public funds. Until now Government initiatives to defund it failed because it needs the approval of Congress.
But now a new initiative presented last Friday that consists in the planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to defund Planned Parenthood the may chain of clinics that perform abortion in North America (NBC News, May 24, 2018).
An article explained, “Congress last year failed to wipe out funding for Planned Parenthood (see HERE) because the bill faced overwhelming Democratic objections and would not have received the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate.”
But the imposition of a slightly retooled version of a regulation, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 after a five-year fight, could potentially accomplish what Congress could not.
The rules now under review, according to Trump administration officials, would require facilities receiving federal family planning funds to be physically separate from those that perform the abortion; would eliminate the requirement that women with unintended pregnancies be counselled on their full range of reproductive options, and would ban abortion referrals.
In a conference call with reporters, Planned Parenthood officials said they would fight the new rules.
“We’ve been very clear, Planned Parenthood has an unwavering commitment to ensuring everyone has access to the full range of reproductive health care, and that includes abortion,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
What Donald Trump administration could achieve was last February barred federal funds (see Washington Post, January 24, 2017) from organizations that promote abortion around the world, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation that only in 2016 performed 1 million abortions worldwide, see our article.