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COLLINS ADVOCATES FOR STATES' RIGHT TO PROTECT LIFE

Feb 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today voted for H.J. Res. 43, a joint resolution of disapproval provided for under the Congressional Review Act. The bipartisan resolution passed and would reverse one of the previous administration’s last rules (81 Fed. Reg. 91852), which prohibits individual states from limiting Title X funds to organizations that do not provide abortion procedures.

Title X provides grants to support family planning and associated health care services, and, according to the Public Health Service Act, its funding should not be used to fund abortion.

While proponents of giving Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood note that those grants do not pay for abortions directly, the money remains fungible. Therefore, giving any funds to Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers leaves the group better equipped to offer abortions because Title X grants cover the organization’s other operational costs.

The rule also puts states at risk of losing their Title X funding if they choose to direct those funds specifically to health care providers that do not participate in abortions.

“By compelling states to disperse Title X dollars regardless of their will, this unilateral rule demonstrates executive overreach at the expense of states’ rights. States should not be made to funnel taxpayer money to abortion providers within their borders,” said Collins.

“H.J. Res. 43 is a step toward returning constitutional authority to our individual states and to ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not support—directly or indirectly—a practice that millions of Americans find unthinkable.”

The resolution will proceed to the Senate for consideration.