Joe Biden now using this rule change to defund pro-life pregnancy centers

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Planned Parenthood receives more than $670 million a year in taxpayer funds.

But according to Joe Biden that funding is vital while he says the real problem lies elsewhere.

That’s why Joe Biden is now using this rule change to begin defunding pro-life pregnancy centers.

If a proposed Biden HHS rule goes into effect states may no longer be able to utilize TANF dollars to fund pregnancy resource center services (PRCs) for mothers.

Trying to sneak new rules through in an attempt to shut down pro-life centers

Back on October 2, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s agency stealthily posted the rule change.

If it goes into effect the new rules will affect four states which currently use TANF funds for pregnancy resource centers: Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, and Pennsylvania.

And the move is wildly unpopular.

In fact, the Biden administration’s move goes against all recent polling which consistently proves the popularity of pregnancy resource centers. 

A recent Creative Response Concepts poll found an overwhelming 74% of Americans favor publicly funding these important centers.

The four states individually use only between $1-7 million of TANF dollars to fund these pregnancy centers in a year. 

This amount is a mere drop in the bucket compared to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, which received $670.4 million in federal and state taxpayer dollars in 2021-2022 alone.

SBA Pro-Life America State Policy Director Katie Daniel put it this way, “Biden’s twisted attempt to hinder pregnancy centers’ ability to serve women in need demonstrates his administration is not pro-choice, but pro-abortion. Sixty percent of women who have had abortions say they would have preferred to give birth if they had more financial or emotional support. Yet, Democrats have gone out of their way to ensure women facing unexpected pregnancies are steered toward only one option – abortion.”

Targeting pregnancy centers not abortion mills

Pregnancy centers are the only entities mentioned in the proposed rule, a move both SBA Pro-Life America and the Charlotte Lozier Institute say is unfair, inaccurate and unconstitutional. 

In a joint public comment to the secretary, the organizations said:

“On its face, the rule is not viewpoint neutral. . . HHS scrutiny of a state including Pregnancy Resource Centers in its TANF program seems tied to a Center’s disfavored (by the current administration) views rather than whether it is a good partner that is successfully effectuating the purposes of TANF.”

And lawmakers from the four states impacted by the Biden administration’s proposed rule, along with Ohio which previously utilized TANF funds for PRCs sent a letter strongly objecting to the rule change:

“The proposed rule suggests PRCs are not good partners for state-run TANF programs. We disagree with that assertion and contend this is for the states to decide. As elected officials, voted for and held accountable by our neighbors, we are closest to the people and know which entities within our communities can best fulfill the goals of TANF to help families flourish.”

Joining the opposition, an executive director of a pregnancy center which receives TANF funding blasted the news of HHS’s attempt to weaken services for low-income families:

“Our clinic serves over 150 families each year. When a woman with an unexpected pregnancy first walks through our doors we welcome her with open arms and assist her in every way we can for almost two years – from free ultrasounds, medical exams, and counseling, to food, diapers, furniture, and clothing after her baby is born. We offer mentoring, educational programs and financial assistance too during that time – help with housing, transportation, utilities, and even college tuition. It’s unfortunate this new policy harms the women and families TANF was created to help.”

The proposed new rule is just the latest in a series of political attacks on pregnancy centers. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and other Democrats have demanded pregnancy centers be shut down. 

Colorado has passed a law banning abortion pill reversal (APR) treatment performed at PRCs. 

And California Attorney General Rob Bonta has sued two pregnancy centers for helping women save the lives of their babies with APR.

Pregnancy resource centers have also been the targets of violence and physical attacks by pro-abortion radicals. 

There have been at least 88 known attacks since the leak of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe.

Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.