Washington, D.C.: The Trump Administration has proposed some excellent pro-family changes to the Title X federal grant program. This week, Phyllis Schlafly Eagles submitted a statement to HHS in support of these new changes.
Rebekah Gantner, Executive Director of our education-based branch, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund, released the following statement:
"The recent revisions to the Title X family planning program identify a much-needed distinction between healthcare and abortion," said Gantner. "On one hand, healthcare promotes one’s physical and emotional well-being. On the other hand, along with causing tragic harm to unborn children, abortion has proven to be detrimental to women’s physical and emotional health over the course of their lives. This harmful procedure has no place in a program such as Title X that aims to provide comprehensive health services to low-income families.
"Some may argue that a woman should be allowed the 'right' and the opportunity to terminate her pregnancy. While the government currently allows women this 'right,' the government should not provide them the opportunity by funding abortions. Providing poor communities with easy access to abortion would only encourage irresponsible behavior, given that an abortion would be easily attainable and therefore an easy fix to a reckless lifestyle. Furthermore, the government should not provide the opportunity for abortion by forcing Title X participants to refer pregnant women to abortion clinics.
"Because abortion brings destruction to women and children, we at Phyllis Schalfly’s Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund fully support the revisions that require Title X facilities to dissociate themselves with abortion practices financially and physically.
"We also support the requirements for Title X projects to comply with all state and local laws requiring notification or reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, or human trafficking. Abortion is one of many methods abusers and traffickers use to cover up their work, and programs receiving Title X funds should not be enabling such criminal acts by providing easy access to abortions. Such an act would go against the very goal of Title X—to provide healthcare to poor American families."