What the Department of Health and Human Services just did to try and stop pro-life pregnancy centers from saving babies will make you furious

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Pro-lifers know that the federal government isn’t above using tricky legal maneuvers and red tape to try to thwart pro-life plans.

Pro-abortion radicals are more emboldened than ever and will stop at nothing to get their way.

And what the Department of Health and Human Services just did to try and stop pro-life pregnancy centers from saving babies will make you furious.

In a shocking move, HHS is pushing a proposed rule change that could leave pregnancy help organizations stripped of crucial federal funds, adversely impacting their ability to support families in need. 

Aimed at redefining the allocation of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds, this proposal has sparked concerns among pro-life Americans who believe it unjustly targets vital organizations.

TANF, established in 1997, plays a pivotal role in providing cash assistance to families facing economic challenges. 

U.S. states receive federal funds through TANF, which they can allocate to programs aligning with specific goals, including aiding needy families, promoting self-sufficiency, and preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies.

However, a proposed rule change titled “Strengthening Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) as a Safety Net and Work Program,” released on October 2, 2023, has raised eyebrows. 

This proposed amendment has the potential to grant unprecedented power to HHS, enabling them to decide which organizations are eligible for TANF funds, effectively overriding the states’ authority.

The rule change singles out pregnancy centers and alternative-to-abortion (A2A) programs, jeopardizing their funding under TANF. 

By narrowing the focus to pregnancy prevention, the proposed amendment dismisses the comprehensive work these organizations do in assisting families, promoting job preparation, and supporting two-parent families.

The crux of the issue lies in Purpose Three of TANF, which focuses on preventing and reducing out-of-wedlock pregnancies. 

The proposed change questions the eligibility of pregnancy centers by arguing that those primarily providing support to women after they become pregnant may not meet the “reasonable person standard.” 

The language suggests that the connection to preventing out-of-wedlock pregnancies is deemed “tenuous or non-existent.”

The proposed amendment reads: “Programs that only or primarily provide pregnancy counseling to women only after they become pregnant likely do not meet the reasonable person standard because the connection to preventing and reducing out-of-wedlock pregnancies is tenuous or non-existent.” 

It specifically calls out crisis pregnancy centers or pregnancy resource centers, implying that they must prove their expenditure aligns with TANF purposes.

Critics argue that the HHS fails to provide evidence that pregnancy centers are misusing federal funds or deviating from TANF objectives. 

This move has left pro-life advocates, Christian conservatives, and the pregnancy help community concerned about the potential consequences for organizations that play a vital role in assisting vulnerable families.

The proposed rule change triggered a public comment period, closing on December 1st. 

While the impact of citizen comments remains uncertain, organizations such as Pregnancy Help News and Heartbeat International are diligently monitoring the situation. 

These entities are committed to reporting on any developments and responding appropriately to safeguard the crucial work of pregnancy help organizations.

As pro-life Americans express their apprehensions, the battle over TANF funds for pregnancy centers underscores the ongoing struggle to protect values and support systems vital to their communities. 

The proposed rule change challenges the very essence of these organizations, leaving their future uncertain in the face of evolving government policies.

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