Lawmakers say Planned Parenthood shouldn’t get Title X grants

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Pro-life representatives in the House and Senate are calling on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to cut off organizations which perform abortions from receiving Title X family planning grants.

More than 150 House members and more than 40 senators have signed onto letters to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, asking him to update regulations regarding Title X family planning grants so abortion providers, specifically Planned Parenthood, cannot receive funds.

According to the lawmakers, the federal grant money is not supposed to go to organizations “where abortion is a method of family planning.”

“Planned Parenthood has described abortion as ‘a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control …’ It is time for the Title X funding stream for Planned Parenthood to be turned off,” the House letter said.

Title X grants, given to family planning and adolescent pregnancy prevention groups, is “the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventative health services,” according to HHS.

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