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By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews, December 7, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump and his administration have worked to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses in numerous ways during the past two years.
Some efforts have been successful, while others have been thwarted by the abortion industry and activist judges. But no one can accuse the Trump administrating of doing nothing to stop our hard-earned tax dollars from supporting the largest abortion chain in America.
First, Trump signed the Mexico City policy in one of his first acts as president. The pro-life policy prohibits American tax dollars to groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. The move defunded two major abortion chains of hundreds of millions of American tax dollars. The International Planned Parenthood Federation alone estimated a $100 million loss from its budget.
The Mexico City policy, which began with President Ronald Reagan, historically has been supported by pro-life presidents and rescinded by pro-abortion presidents. Trump went further though. He not only reinstated the policy but also expanded it by increasing the number of global health assistance funds and government programs that are covered under the policy.
Second, the Trump administration stopped funding a United Nations agency linked to forced and coerced abortions. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) “partners on family planning activities with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies,” the administration said in defense of its decision. China’s oppressive one child policy, recently changed to a two-child limit, has led to forced and coerced abortions up through nine months of pregnancy, as well as forced and coerced sterilizations.
The UNFPA has worked hand-in-hand with Planned Parenthood to promote abortion worldwide and Planned Parenthood was caught sharing offices in China with UNFPA as they together promoted coercive population control there.
The spring 2017 decision stopped at least $32.5 million tax dollars from funding the pro-abortion agency in 2017, the Associated Press reported at the time. The Trump administration redirected the funds to the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides medical care to families across the world.
However, the Trump administration’s third effort to defund Planned Parenthood is being challenged in court. In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services introduced a new Title X grant application that prioritizes sexual risk avoidance strategies, including abstinence, and the introduction of natural family planning in addition to artificial contraception.
The move could defund Planned Parenthood of up to $60 million in tax dollars annually, but it currently is on hold because of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood.
A fourth effort to cut funding from the abortion chain also is being challenged in court.
However, Planned Parenthood also is suing to block the cuts.
Another one of the Trump administration’s efforts has been more successful.
In January, Trump signed an executive order so states have more latitude and control over taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups. The Department of Health and Human Services announced that the administration was rescinding Obama-era Medicaid guideline that limited the way states could take action against Planned Parenthood.
After Planned Parenthood was exposed for allegedly selling the body parts of aborted babies, many states wanted to revoke taxpayer funding for the abortion company. However the Obama Administration made it difficult for states to do that by claiming federal control over Medicaid dollars even though states participate with their own taxpayer funds and the federal program. Trump changed that, and a number of states have since taken action to defund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in America, aborting approximately 320,000 unborn babies every year. Its 2016 annual report showed a record income of $1.46 billion, with about half a billion dollars coming from taxpayers.