The Trump administration issued a rule to redirect Title X family planning funds from facilities that kill unborn babies to facilities that don’t. Abortion advocates tried to stop the rule but failed. The liberal (formerly liberal?) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with the administration.
To receive family planning funding, organizations that provide health services must keep separate finances and physical facilities from clinics that kill the unborn.
All Title X fund recipients must be in compliance. Planned Parenthood dropped out of the Title X program rather than comply.
This week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made an announcement about the money.
The funds awarded were relinquished by grantees that left the Title X program rather than comply with statutory and regulatory requirements prohibiting federal funding where abortion is a method of family planning. HHS expects that the supplemental awards will enable grantees to come close to—if not exceed—prior Title X patient coverage.
Today’s awards prioritize unserved and underserved jurisdictions and low-income individuals. These awards also prioritize filling service gaps left by the grantees that chose to leave the Title X program rather than comply with the law. These new awards are for a six-month duration; however, the recipients can request additional supplemental awards in their non-competing continuation application for funding starting in April 2020.
HHS listed which organizations dropped out of the program and which organizations will receive the grant money. Not one of the recipients has “Planned Parenthood” as part of their name.