May 2, 2018

153 Members Call for New Title X Regulations - Take Abortion Out of Family Planning Programs

U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ-04), Diane Black (R-TN-06), Ron Estes (R-KS-04), and Vicky Hartzler (R-MO-04) joined 149 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting that the department move swiftly to issue new regulations for the Title X Family Planning Program.

National Right to Life has also asked HHS to issue new Title X regulations consistent with those issued during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Citing the troubling ways existing Title X regulations have blurred the line between abortion and family planning, the letter calls for revised regulations that will require the federally-funded Title X service sites to be physically and financially separate from facilities that provide abortion, and to eliminate the federal mandate requiring Title X providers to refer for abortions.

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