The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s daily Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:
Planned Parenthood has decided that abortion is more important than millions of federal taxpayer dollars. The country’s largest abortion provider announced late Monday that it is formally withdrawing from the federal Title X family planning program, due to a regulation from the Trump administration that would have required it to separate its abortion business from other health care services to keep getting funds.
“Today, Planned Parenthood showed its true colors by prioritizing abortion over family planning, refusing to comply with the Protect Life Rule and dropping out of the Title X program,” reads a statement from pro-life SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “President Trump’s Title X Protect Life Rule is a huge victory for the majority of taxpayers who reject taxpayer funding of abortion.”
“Today’s announcement is a win for life,” said Senate Republican Steve Daines, founder of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus. Daines pointed out that “taxpayer money no longer going to the nation’s largest abortion provider” will instead be available for health centers that don’t provide abortions.
“Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion,” March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said. “Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”
Keep in mind, however, that this is just a small portion of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding. The group still gets a lot more from Medicaid and other federal sources, as Republicans in Congress failed to follow through on a complete defund when they had House and Senate control.