President Donald Trump stated on the campaign trail that Planned Parenthood locations should receive no federal funding for health related services as long as they perform abortions.
“When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life,” President Donald Trump said in a recent speech to pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List. “And as president, that’s exactly what I’ve done. And I have kept my promise, and I think everybody here understands that fully.”
President Trump made good on that promise by making a recent change to federal policy denying Title X federal funds to facilities performing or referring for abortions, including the nation’s largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
The policy change will now make possible the allocation of federal funds, as much as $60 million, for health related services at nearly 15,000 community health centers in comparison to less than 700 Planned Parenthood centers.
The executive policy change will not, however, affect the several hundred million in federal funding Planned Parenthood receives via Medicaid reimbursements for health care. Reallocating these Medicaid dollars away from Planned Parenthood and to community health centers will require federal legislation, and the U.S. Senate and House Republican leadership have failed to make good on their promise to defund Planned Parenthood.
President Trump is to be commended for using his executive authority to make good on his promise to deny federal funding to facilities performing or referring for abortions.