President Joe Biden is reversing another policy enacted by the Trump administration.
Breitbart reports that Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) department has issued a final rule that, in effect, will reverse a Trump-era policy that prohibited taxpayer money from going to family planning clinics that make abortion referrals.
“A step forward”
HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, an established advocate for the abortion industry, announced the HHS’s issuance of the final rule on Monday. He called it “a step forward for family planning care.”
“Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to strengthen the Title X family planning program, fulfilling the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to restore access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services,” Becerra said.
The HHS secretary continued by claiming that the final rule “realigns the nation’s family planning program with nationally recognized standards of care, reinforces the program’s emphasis on quality, equity, and dignity for all individuals who seek Title X services, and modernizes the more than 50-year old program to better reflect the current healthcare system.”
And, gloatingly, he noted, “this new rule replaces the 2019 Title X Rule, reversing the Trump administration’s changes to the program.”
The rule that Becerra was referring to was one issued by the Trump administration in February of 2019.
The rule had to do with the Title X family planning grant program. What the Trump administration did was implement a final rule that stopped these funds from going to any entity that performs or supports abortion under the guise of “family planning.”
So, in order for an entity like Planned Parenthood to continue receiving Title X funds, it had to separate its family planning services from its abortion services. The separation had to be complete, such that the two services couldn’t be offered at the same site.
This is the rule that the Biden administration has now reversed. So, now, the abortion industry can go back to its old ways, pushing abortions under the guise of “family planning” while collecting taxpayer money.
“A major victory”
Unsurprisingly, the likes of Planned Parenthood celebrated Becerra’s announcement, thanking Biden while calling it “a major victory for patients, access to sexual and reproductive health care, and health equity.” The abortion provider did, however, take issue with the fact that Biden’s new rule allows providers to choose whether or not to provide counsel about abortions as a health care option.
The bottom line, though, is that the abortion industry is back thriving, at the expense of the American taxpayer, thanks to the Biden administration. And, there is little doubt that the likes of Becerra and Vice President Kamala Harris, another member of the Biden administration with well-known ties to the abortion industry, helped to make this happen.