During the President Donald J. Trump administration, Title X, which is a program relating to family planning, cut out abortion and abortion referral from the services afforded under the program.
On Wednesday, the Joe Biden administration announced that the program would resume funneling millions of dollars in funds to pro-abortion outfits like Planned Parenthood which would make American taxpayers fork over funds for abortions.
During a press conference with Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki, EWTN reporter Owen Jensen questioned her about Biden’s efforts on multiple fronts (including Title X and the Hyde Amendment) to force American taxpayers to fund abortion. He asked, “Why does the Biden Administration insist that pro-life Americans pay for abortions and violate their conscience?”
In May of 2018, the Trump administration instituted a controversial rule change that required any entity receiving Title X family planning funding to separate its abortion-related services from family planning services both fiscally and physically. Planned Parenthood chose to walk away from the program instead, giving up approximately $60 million in funding. This week, the Biden-Harris administration released its proposed change to the rule (with a time for comments to be filed regarding the rule change), which would rescind all pro-life changes made by the Trump administration.
In reference to this, EWTN’s Owen Jensen questioned White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki about the Biden administration’s efforts on multiple fronts (including Title X and the Hyde Amendment) to force taxpayers to fund abortion, asking, ”Why does the Biden Administration insist that pro-life Americans pay for abortions and violate their conscience?”
Psaki attempted to deflect, quoting the Public Health Service Act, to which Title X is an amendment, which states: “None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
Jensen, however, countered by pointing out something Live Action News has noted before — “Indirect subsidies – money is fungible and can’t be traced — we know that, come on.”
Psaki’s next claim was perhaps less believable than the first: “The reason why the president took these steps is because he believes that advancing equity for all, including people of color… can be helped by these actions…”
Again, Jensen did not allow the claim to pass unquestioned: “You talk about equity, if I may interrupt, how is it equity, how is it fighting systemic racism, when abortion, we well know, disproportionately affects minority children?” In clearer terms, Jensen is asking how promoting the killing of minority preborn children is helping to advance “equity” — and he’s really already answered the question: it doesn’t.
A recent Marist poll found that a majority of Americans do not want to be forced to pay for abortions, with thirty-one percent of Democrats saying they oppose federal funding of abortion.
WATCH the exchange: