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CALL TO ACTION
Worthy Grand Knight,
Worthy Grand Knight-Elect,
cc: District Deputies
cc: State Officers
As Former Supreme Director Jim White discussed at yesterday's Grand
Knight's Meeting, following is an urgent Action Alert that is to be acted
upon and also shared with your membership.
Abortion is NOT Family Planning!
Show your support for the “Protect Life Rule”
The Trump Administration just proposed new regulations to help ensure
that abortion is separated from the federal Title X family planning
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The proposed regulations, called the “Protect Life Rule” are modeled
after regulations issued by the Reagan Administration and include
several important requirements:
“A Title X project may not perform, promote, refer for, or support,
abortion as a method of family planning, nor take any other affirmative
action to assist a patient to secure such an abortion.”
“A Title X project must be organized so that it is physically and
financially separate… from [abortion]activities”.
“Title X projects shall comply with all State and local laws requiring
notification or reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual
abused, rape, incest, intimate partner violence, or human trafficking.”
In a statement (Link:
praising the Administration, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S.
Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities said that these regulations
are “greatly needed and deeply appreciated.” Cardinal Dolan also
said, “Most Americans recognize that abortion is distinct from family
planning and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning program.
For too long, Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry.
The Administration has opened a 60-day comment period ending on July 31,
2018 and is accepting comments on the proposed rule.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion purveyors will flood the
Administration with negative comments. It is very important that the
Pro-Life Community write to the Administration also to show our strong
support for these regulations.
You can submit your comments here (Link:
And then share this alert with all your friends.
“Most Americans recognize that abortion is not family planning or
healthcare and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning
program. I strongly support the proposed rule on the Title X program
because it will help ensure that abortion-related activities are kept
separate from this pre-pregnancy family planning program. For too long,
Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry. We need these
regulations in order to draw a bright line between what happens before a
pregnancy begins and what happens after a child has been created, as
Congress clearly intended.”
Title X of the Public Health Service Act (Title “Ten”) was created in
1970 as a pre-pregnancy federal family planning program to help poor
women limit and space their family size. It was created in the heat of
the population control movement, yet even though its authorization
expired in 1985, Congress continues to appropriate yearly money.
Embedded in the authorizing law itself is a strict prohibition on its
funds being used for abortion (Link:
)demonstrating the intent of Congress that Title X should be completely
apart from the controversial and, at that time, still mostly illegal
activity of abortion. In fact, it was argued that Title X was needed in
order to reduce the abortion rate.
In spite of this prohibition, the program guidelines governing the early
years of the program soon required abortion referrals and allowed
abortion providers to perform abortions in the same location, arguably
allowing the program to become a direct channel for abortion providers
to receive clients as well as federal money for their non-abortion
To respond to this abuse, President Reagan issued formal regulations in
1987 requiring that Title X service sites be physically and financially
separated from abortion centers and not refer or counsel for abortion.
These regulations were challenged and successfully defended by the Bush
41 Administration in the U.S. Supreme Court case Rust v. Sullivan of
1991. However, they were rescinded in January of 1993 under President
Clinton and replaced by regulations later that year requiring abortion
referrals and allowing co-location of Title X clinic sites with abortion
“None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in
programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
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