“Wisconsin Right to Life is in full support of any move to disentangle the Title X program from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Expanding eligibility in the Title X program to alternative providers who have no involvement in the abortion industry is a positive step forward for women in Wisconsin and all around the country.”
On Wednesday, May 2nd, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced that they were suing the federal governmentover the expansion of Title X eligibility to providers who do not perform abortions. Title X funding accounts for 10.4% of PPWI’s budget and is the second largest source of funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
In 2016, a bill supported by Wisconsin Right to Life was signed into law, requiring the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to apply for Title X funding and direct those funds to organizations that do not provide abortions. In addition, Wisconsin Right to Life’s parent organization, National Right to Life, joined a letter signed by 85 pro-life groups calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to also reinstate Reagan-era regulations prohibiting Title X funding from going to organizations that are co-located with abortion facilities or do abortion referrals.
“Planned Parenthood wants to protect their bottom line, which is why they are attacking these positive developments with the Title X program,” continued Weininger. “This just makes clear that this giant in the abortion business will pursue every avenue possible to protect their grip on taxpayer funds.”