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Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock Votes to Send Taxpayer Funds to Facilities that Perform Abortions

Apr 28, 2022 | 2022 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON – Late Wednesday, in a vote of 49-49, the Senate rejected a joint resolution that would have reversed the Biden Administration’s 2021 Final Rule on the Title X Family Planning Program. The 2021 Final Rule reversed a Trump era policy that prevented taxpayer funds from going to health facilities that performed or promoted abortion as family planning.

The joint resolution preventing taxpayer funds from going to health facilities that perform or promote abortions was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat joining 48 pro-life Republicans in supporting the joint resolution.

Forty-seven Democratic senators, including Georgia Senator Warnock, voted to allow family planning funds to go to abortion clinics.

“Once again Raphael Warnock has shown his extreme pro-abortion position by voting to subsidize the abortion industry that preys on women and their unborn children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life (NRLC). “Americans don’t want their taxpayer dollars used to subsidize abortion clinics.”

Under President Trump’s Title X rule, abortion facilities could not be in the same location where family planning services were delivered. The rule also stated that Title X grantees could not refer for elective abortion. The rule did not cut funding for family planning but ensured that funding went to health facilities that did not perform or promote abortion as family planning.

Under the Biden Rule, family planning funding will now flow to entities that perform abortions. Under the Biden administration, both money and facilities can be comingled, giving the abortion industry access to taxpayer funds contrary to the wishes of the majority of Americans.

“For tens of millions of Americans, supplementing the abortion industry through taxpayer funds is offensive,” stated Tobias. “The Biden administration has shown that it is willing to do everything it can to facilitate and expand abortion on demand.”

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.