Fred Costello supports President Trump's plan to defund Planned Parenthood.

Fred and Linda have been married for 44+ years. They are blessed with three children and six grandchildren. Fred is Pro-Life. As your representative in Congress, this is his Pledge:

  • Oppose any government funding for abortion.

  • Do everything under the law and Constitution to defend the rights of the unborn.

  • Your choice ends at the moment of conception. After that, another human life is involved. I will protect life.

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Defunding Planned Parenthood: Donald Trump’s Good Start

Planned Parenthood — America’s largest abortion provider — receives more than $450 million annually in federal funding, a significant portion of its annual revenue. Most of that money (roughly 85 percent) comes through Medicaid disbursements. The Trump administration cannot strip those funds from Planned Parenthood without passing legislation — and that legislation would certainly be filibustered by Democrats.

The rest of the federal money comes through Title X of the Public Health Service Act, a federal program that funds “family planning” services and authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to “make grants to and enter into contracts with public or non-profit private entities to assist in the establishment and operation of voluntary family planning projects which shall offer a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services.” At the same time, however, the enabling statute is crystal clear that “none of the funds appropriated under this subchapter shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”

In other words, the goal was to support “preventative family planning services” — contraception, for example — and abortion services are not “preventative.” While the purpose of the statute has long been clear, Democratic presidents have resisted proper enforcement and have allowed abortion-providing organizations such as Planned Parenthood ready access to Title X funds with minimal (and minimally effective) restrictions. In 1988, however, the Reagan administration provided the proper model for enforcement by promulgating regulations that attached three main conditions to the receipt of Title X funds.

First, a Title X project could not “provide counseling concerning the use of abortion as a method of family-planning or provide referral for abortion as a method of family planning.” Second, a project could not “encourage, promote or advocate abortion as a method of family planning.” (The first two restrictions were known, collectively, as the “gag rule.”) Finally, a project had to be “physically and financially separate” from facilities that provide abortions. “Mere bookkeeping separation” was not sufficient.

A coalition of Title X grantees and doctors challenged the Reagan rules in court, and in 1991 the Supreme Court upheld the regulations in their entirety. Unfortunately, however, the Clinton administration promptly repealed the regulations, and they have not been reinstated since.

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