President Joe Biden moved this week to cancel a Trump-era policy meant to protect the lives of the unborn.
According to the Daily Caller, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it would be rolling back former President Donald Trump’s “Protect Life Rule,” which bars facilities that perform abortions from receiving some forms of federal funding.
Suspended and rescinded
The rule was first put into effect in July 2019, the Daily Caller reports, and was meant to revoke Title X funding from family planning clinics that perform abortions or refer women to undergo them.
In practice, the rule requires such procedures to be performed in a separate building from any relevant counseling, if the organization wants to get Title X funds from the federal government.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Biden was quick to work to reverse the measure.
In his second week in office, the president signed an executive order asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) to review Title X family planning regulations “as soon as practicable” and advise him on “whether to suspend, revise, or rescind, or publish for notice and comment proposed rules suspending, revising, or rescinding, those regulations.”
“Public health principles”
It seems their work is complete. On Wednesday, HHS announced a new rule that effectively quashes the Trump-era policy.
In its announcement, the department said that Trump’s rule “abandoned [a] client-centered approach over the objection of every major medical organization without any countervailing public health rationale.”
“That approach cannot be squared with well-accepted public health principles,” the department added, according to the Daily Caller.
GOP cries foul
The announcement from HHS comes despite a plea from over 100 congressional Republicans against the move. Members of the GOP in both the House and Senate said the so-called Protect Life Rule is “necessary” to ensure that the original intent of the Title X provision will be followed.
“The Protect Life Rule is necessary to maintain the bright line drawn in the original authorizing statute between family planning and abortion,” the Republicans wrote, according to the Daily Caller.
“A decision to rescind the Protect Life Rule would not only damage the integrity of Title X,” they added, “but reverse needed reforms that allowed this program to work for all Americans.”