Twenty states are uniting to fight a new Biden administration rule, saying it forces taxpayers to subsidize the killing of unborn babies in abortions in clear violation of the law.
Life News reports:
This week, Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen led eight states in filing an amicus brief supporting 12 other states’ lawsuit against the new Title X program rule. They asked a federal court to grant relief to the 12 states by blocking the Biden administration from enforcing the rule.
“A preliminary injunction would stop federal tax dollars from being used to encourage and support abortion, protect the conscience rights of family planning providers who decline to play a role in abortion, and preserve choice of providers and keep family planning services accessible for patients, particularly those in rural areas,” Knudsen’s office said in a statement.
Title X funds are not supposed to be used for abortions. The program provides family planning services to low-income individuals, and the law states that Title X grants may not be used “where abortion is a method of family planning.”
However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Biden quickly reversed the rules, so that abortion facilities no longer have to separate their abortion work from their services under the program. HHS now also mandates that Title X participants refer women for abortions.
“Requiring Title X grantees to make abortion referrals upon request is tantamount to funding a program where abortion is the method of family planning,” Knudsen said in the brief. “Practically, this allows Title X recipients to refer patients for elective abortions at their own abortion facilities.”