October 18, 2019, by Eric Criss
Our blog series, Planned Parenthood and the Factory Abortion Industry, explores the Protect Life Rule. In part II of our series, we described the burden placed upon women with low incomes by Planned Parenthood’s refusal of Title X funds. This week, our blog focuses upon pro-life groups’ perceptions of the Protect Life Rule.
Protect Life Rule Takes Effect
After legal challenges from abortion rights advocates, Planned Parenthood among them, the San Francisco-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on July 11, 2019 that the Protect Life Rule may take effect even as legal challenges continue. This court ruling and the Protect Life Rule, in general, received a delighted welcome from pro-life groups like the Susan B. Anthony List, March for Life, Students for Life of America, and Americans United for Life.
Taxpayers, Especially Young Women, Don’t Want To Fund Abortion
Americans United for Life’s president and CEO, Catherine Glenn Foster stated that under the Protect Life Rule, “no physician in America is being stopped from referring a patient for an abortion – they just can’t demand taxpayer funding to do so.”
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America explained, “Planned Parenthood has violated the spirit of the Title X family planning program for years by collecting millions of dollars while they marketed abortion.” Further clarifying the pro-life movement’s position toward the value of women’s health and unborn children’s lives, Hawkins insisted, “Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for common-sense health care.”
Hawkins’ group, Students for Life of America, commissioned a poll conducted by The Polling Company/Woman Trend, finding that, by a 3 to 1 margin, 18 to 34 year olds would rather their tax dollars support Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) than Planned Parenthood. FQHC refers to centers with a government designation that offer health care services to U.S. locations which are not being adequately served.
Future for America’s Unborn Looking Brighter
Concerning the on-going legal challenges to the Protect Life Rule, there is hope. A 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court 1991 ruling held that the establishment of rules to grant tax dollars exclusively to family planning clinics that neglect to “encourage, promote, or advocate abortion” was the government’s right.
Legal challenges mounted against the Protect Life Rule may thus be doomed by legal precedent. Either way, this sad chapter in American history continues to be written.
Be on the lookout for our follow-up blog, detailing the life span of Title X from its 1970 inception to the present. We will demonstrate the historical ebb and flow of Executive policymaking on behalf of women and the unborn.
Check out these links for more about the national Pro-Life groups mentioned in this blog.
The Susan B. Anthony List https://www.sba-list.org/
March for Life https://marchforlife.org/
Students for Life of America https://marchforlife.org/
Americans United for Life https://aul.org/