Hands down, one of the biggest political scandals of our time was in 2015, when the gruesome news broke that abortion mill Planned Parenthood was selling the body parts of murdered pre-born children.
The undercover videos exposing this horror led to a nationwide movement calling for an end to federal funding for the abortion giant — an effort that ultimately failed, thanks in large part to Barack Obama. Obama created a rule that would block congressional leaders from taking away the group’s funds.
That rule is now in danger. You can almost feel Planned Parenthood quaking in their boots.
According to Newsweek:
Congressional leaders are aiming to reverse an Obama administration regulation that blocks states from withholding federal family-planning dollars from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health centers that provide abortions.
Buoyed by a wave of anti-abortion legislation introduced into state legislatures this year and emboldened by President Donald Trump’s determination to appoint an anti-abortion judge to the vacant Supreme Court seat, the House “will vote to strike down that rule,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. Ryan said the House will use the Congressional Review Act to reverse the rule.
President Barack Obama made the decision about Title X funding, the federal family-planning program introduced under President Richard Nixon, in the final days of his presidency. The rule, which went into effect two days before Trump took office, states that state and local government must distribute federal family-planning funds, which cover health care services including contraception, STD testing, cancer screenings, breast exams and fertility treatment, to relevant health centers, even if they perform abortions. However, no federal funding goes toward paying for abortion procedures in the U.S.
The new resolution’s co-sponsors instead want Title X funding to be redirected to just health centers that do not provide abortion services. However, reproductive rights advocates say that might be difficult, as many clinics that provide women’s and reproductive health services also perform abortions. Planned Parenthood affiliates account for roughly 10 percent of health clinics that receive Title X money, although those centers treat about one-third of people that receive services covered under the law, The News York Times reports.
The resolution, H.J. Res 43, will be debated in a one-hour hearing on Thursday.
This could be a huge victory for the pro-life movement, and would be a major step forward in making abortion illegal in the United States.
Never have conservative Republicans had such a ripe opportunity as they do right now to make real and lasting change in this nation by protect the sanctity of life.
Let’s all hope they don’t get caught up in their own personal greed or desire to build their own careers, but rather, do the right thing.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]