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President Trump’s HHS Finalizes “Protect Life” Rule

February 22, 2019

Today President Trump delivered a major victory for the pro-life movement as his Department of Health and Human Services issued its finalized “Protect Life” rule for the Title X family planning program. The rule redirects tens of millions of dollars in family planning funds away from abortion providers.

Terry Schilling, executive director of American Principles Project, released the following statement:

“A promise made is a promise kept with this president. Today’s move to redirect Title X funds away from abortion giants like Planned Parenthood is a huge win for life. This rule change will help to close the loopholes that abortionists use to siphon funding from the federal government. It is also a huge win for women’s health care, as these funds will now be directed toward health care facilities that actually focus on women’s health, rather than the destruction of life.

“Additionally, this rule reverses the radical progressive mandate forcing any individual assisting pregnant women to provide referrals for abortion and potentially violate their conscience in the process. This Orwellian statute goes against everything we believe in as Americans and we’re glad to see it gone.

“Finally, we are delighted to see that this rule will help to encourage meaningful family communication when a child seeks family planning services. In recent years, the State has sought to drive a wedge between parents and children, trying to circumvent the parents even in very intimate decisions in which parents have a right to be involved.

“We are thankful for President Trump’s commitment to protecting life, for Secretary Azar’s diligence on this issue, and for the indefatigable civil servants at HHS who got this done. All involved should be very proud of the work they’ve done to both protect life and defend the family.”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Jon Schweppe at (c) 309-749-7009 or jschweppe@americanprinciplesproject.org.

American Principles Project is a 501(c)(4) organization that works to put the family at the heart of public policy.

Photo Credit: Sarah Stierch (CC BY 4.0)


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