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Anti-Abortion Activists Pressing Trump to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:33 PM

Anti-abortion activists have launched an all-out campaign urging the Trump administration to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood, The Hill reported on Wednesday.

The abortion opponents are trying to bring back Reagan-era abortion restrictions on federal family planning funds that would target Planned Parenthood.

These would bar groups that get family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services such as birth control to low-income individuals, from promoting abortion or referring patients for the procedure.

Republicans are keen on these changes as a motivating factor for the GOP base ahead of the midterm elections.

"The life issue is a huge motivator for the right," Kelly Marcum, who works for the conservative Family Research Council, told The Hill. "Getting a win on the pro-life side, even if it’s regulatory rather than legislative, would be huge, and encourage people to come out and vote for the members who pushed for action on this."

Although federal law already forbids the use of federal funding for abortions in most cases, Republicans have long insisted that money going to Planned Parenthood indirectly supports the procedure.

Anti-abortion advocates were particularly frustrated when Congress passed a spending bill earlier this year that left out a measure defunding Planned Parenthood after the GOP and Democrats negotiated a compromise to avoid a government shutdown.

Abortion opponents have been heartened that President Donald Trump has already taken a number of actions pushed by them and believe he will do more if pressured.

"We’re pleased with the promises President Trump has upheld, but we also need Congress to stay on top of this," Students for Life president Kristan Hawkins said.

Democrats, who say the changes would restrict access to reproductive health care, are trying to push back hard against the efforts.

"We strongly oppose efforts to undermine the integrity of the Title X program and harm the millions of people who rely on it for care," 45 Senate Democrats wrote Tuesday in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. "Federal health policy should be evidence-based and produced with the best interests of patients in mind."

Planned Parenthood has also announced it will hold in July its largest volunteer training event ever, bringing together 3,000 activists and leaders in Detroit to provide them various resources for going back into their communities to then build upon the organization's network, according to CNN.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America executive vice president Dawn Laguens told CNN: "Our bodies are our own and shouldn't be at the mercy of the Trump-Pence administration. We are going… to fight for our patients' health and rights - and for the millions of people in this country who need to access quality reproductive health care."

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