A prominent pro-life group says while it senses the "love affair" between Planned Parenthood and the federal government may be over, it still isn't confident Congress will defund the abortion giant.
The U.S. House has passed a $1.2-trillion spending bill that would eliminate ObamaCare and strip Planned Parenthood of a huge slice of income from the federal government. But Jim Sedlak of American Life League predicts if the current confusion in the Republican Party prevails, that won't happen.
"Now there is a bill kind of matching the House bill that is [being] allowed to go forward [in the Senate] by Senator Roy Blunt [R-Missouri] that contains provisions that basically undo everything the Trump administration has been trying to do by regulation to defund Planned Parenthood," he tells OneNewsNow.
As for Title X family planning funds, the Senate bill would halt efforts by Health and Human Services to stop grants from going to abortion providers. But according to Sedlak, it doesn't stop there.
"There's specific language in the Senate bill that says the Department of Health and Human Services cannot issue regulations that would allow states to take any Title X money away from abortion providers," he explains. "[That would be] a major blow to what states have been trying to do to defund Planned Parenthood in their states."
The Senate bill would also prohibit HHS from cancelling the Teen Pregnancy Prevention – an Obama-era program the agency announced this week it was cancelling two years early because it has accomplished little if anything.
"The program," says Sedlak, "was basically one of these programs that said Abstinence is the best thing to do, but we all know that you're not going to do that – and so they would teach them the use of contraceptives, the use of various kinds of birth control," he explains.
According to the ALL spokesman, the TPP was a failure from the get-go. "When they tried to introduce it in a high school in Omaha, Nebraska, last year there were literally a thousand parents who turned out for a school board meeting to fight the program going into their schools. That's how bad it was," he relates. "So we applaud the administration for cutting off the funding to this program."
Even though the Obama administration pumped a billion dollars into the TPP, stats indicate it never reduced teen pregnancy. The only reason it remained alive, says Sedlak, is because Planned Parenthood and the Obama administration "had a love affair."
Otherwise, says Sedlak, the TPP would have been gone a long time ago.