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September 23, 2021

Biden to Direct $10 Million in Grants to Abortion Businesses after Texas Heartbeat Act

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra
photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr
Last week, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra announced a “three-pronged Department-wide response” to the Texas Heartbeat Act. This includes distributing up to $10 million of taxpayer funding to abortion businesses in and near Texas.

The department says that it will award grants to any abortion businesses that “can demonstrate a need resulting from an influx of clients as a result of SB 8.” This includes Texas abortion businesses rushing to abort unborn babies before their heartbeats are detectable as well as abortion businesses out of state as women travel for abortions.

The HHS said that it plans to give abortion businesses additional funding in response to an “anticipated increase” in demand for “emergency contraception” and abortion drugs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid also issued a memo suggesting that doctors could be removed from Medicare and Medicaid if they deny abortion to a woman with an “emergency medical condition.” The memo argued that the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act enables the government to impose civil and monetary penalties against hospitals or individuals that don't offer abortion in some cases.