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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee

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Trump Administration Issues New Title X Rules Protecting Life

May 23, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a new proposal to prohibit Title X facilities from providing abortion counseling and referrals under the Title X Family Planning Program:

“The integrity of taxpayer dollars should never be in question, let alone dollars intended for Title X Family Planning Program recipients. When women facing incredibly tough circumstances feel as though they have no other choice, the lies we see coming from the big abortion industry are heartbreaking. With the Trump administration issuing these new regulations, we have an opportunity to change hearts and minds, and to equip women across the country with resources that value and protect the sanctity of life. A life is a life – it is not expendable – and I am proud to fight alongside President Trump to defend it.”

BACKGROUND:

Earlier this year, Congressman Black joined Reps. Estes, Smith and Hartzler in sending a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar requesting new Title X regulations, citing the troubling ways that existing Title X regulations have blurred the line between abortion and family planning. A companion letter was sent to Secretary Azar by 41 Senators, as well as a letter from over 85 pro-life leaders.

The newly proposed regulations “expressly prohibit Title X projects from performing, promoting, referring for, or supporting, abortion as a method of family planning.” (Section 59.14). Healthcare providers at these sites would no longer be required to choose between the health of their patients and their own consciences.

In addition, a new requirement would mandate that Title X facilities be both physically and financially separate from any site that provides abortion services under Title X family planning grants (Section 59.15). The proposed rule also prohibits using Title X funds for lobbying “the passage of legislation to increase in any way the availability of abortion as a method of family planning,” as activities that promote or encourage abortion are explicitly forbidden (Section 59.16).

The regulations are designed to protect women and children, of any age, who are the victims of rape, abuse, molestation, incest or human trafficking by requiring Title X recipients “to comply with all State and local laws regarding the notification or reporting” of these crimes. (Section 59.17).

Click HERE to view the proposed rule. It will be available for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

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