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Biden administration seeks to establish a million-dollar hotline to provide abortion referrals

by | May 31, 2023

By Patty Knap

The Biden administration is certainly keeping its commitment to do everything possible, bending over backwards to ensure abortion is available anytime, anywhere.

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced a plan to launch a 24-hour hotline for abortion referrals and information.

According to the Office of Population Affairs, the hotline will provide ‘neutral, factual information and nondirective counseling on each of the options,’ including ‘pregnancy termination.’ However, that neutral and factual information will not include any mention of pro-life organizations.

In keeping with the woke agenda, pregnant moms are referred to as “pregnant clients,’ and the euphemism ‘termination’ replaces abortion.

A grant award is now available for applicants who wish to run the hotline. Only Title X recipients are permitted to apply, which of course eliminates pregnancy centers or pro-life organizations. 

Congress enacted Title X of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, a program that promotes abortion, contraception, and sterilization, in 1970. It’s intended to provide care to low-income recipients and those without insurance. Planned Parenthood is a regular Title X recipient.

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA), in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), administers the Title X programs.)

The hotline will “Offer pregnant clients the opportunity to be provided information and counseling regarding each of the following options: (A) Prenatal care and delivery; (B) Infant care, foster care, or adoption; and (C) Pregnancy termination.

With over 2,500 pregnancy centers across the county offering completely free services and baby things to women in need – for free – how comprehensive can the information be when it’s designed to omit anyone, place, or site that is pro-life! 

Pregnancy centers are an established and enormous source of truthful information, maternity and baby clothes, cribs, strollers, car seats, diapers, and often ultrasounds, all completely free.

Is the purpose of the hotline to help women and babies, or just to push more abortions?

The department estimated the new hotline will cost taxpayers $1.5 million.

Meanwhile, pregnancy centers don’t receive a single dollar in taxpayer money, relying solely on donations and volunteers.

The grant recipient that is chosen to run the hotline will also maintain a detailed national list of nondirective options referral service sites and build and maintain a national website to complement the hotline. 

The grant opportunity is here: View Opportunity | GRANTS.GOV from HHS to Help Launch National Abortion Hotline – Government Executive (                  

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said the new grant would “establish a safe and secure national hotline to provide referral services for women in need of accurate information about their legal reproductive health care options.”

The grant recipient will be responsible for establishing and operating the hotline, as well as building and maintaining an accompanying website. It will also develop and maintain a “detailed national list” of referral service sites. HHS did not respond to a request for additional details on the hotline and website.  

As soon as the hotline is set up, the Biden admin will be sure to add it as an ‘accomplishment’ to their list  

CatholicVote’s Tom McCluskey said it is “a clear violation of the Hyde amendment, using tax dollars to set up a system to make it easier to kill children.”

Heartbeat International Vice President of Ministry Services Tracie Shellhouse said, “Given the Biden administration’s front-and-center agenda to expand abortion access, I am concerned with its plan to fund a 24-hour hotline to offer information and referrals for abortion, adoption, and prenatal care. How likely is it that this Title X-funded hotline will provide “nondirective counseling” and supportive referrals to women not interested in abortion? Furthermore, why unnecessarily spend taxpayers’ dollars when a top-quality contact center already exists?” 

Shellhouse added, “Option Line has offered accurate information and supportive referrals to pregnant callers for over 20 years. With bilingual consultants available 24/7/365 through calls, texts, emails, and live chats, it serves over 1,000 people daily, offering information on parenting, adoption, and abortion education, as well as referrals to a vast network of organizations that freely provide medical services, education, material supplies, and support services available in the callers’ communities. Tax dollars should be put to better use elsewhere since help is already available through Option Line.”

“For 20 years, Heartbeat International has staffed the 24/7/365 bilingual pregnancy help hotline, Option Line, which has supported millions of women in their moment of decision-and beyond,” cites Nafisa Kennedy, LAS, director of Option Line. 

“Option Line consultants provide compassionate, non-judgmental care to people who are often facing difficult, seemingly insurmountable circumstances. We help them get connected with additional resources for support beyond the moment of decision-their need does not end when the phone call does, so we ensure they have opportunity for tangible, often long-term support through local pregnancy help organizations. I, personally, have served more than 230,000 individuals on the hotline, and in a time of decision, what these individuals value most is connecting with another person who truly cares for them. We are committed to offering convenient ways for these women to connect with a caring confidant, providing a perspective that shares the whole truth – 24/7/365.”

“Whereas this proposed new hotline utilizes tax-payer dollars -without regard to how taxpayers actually want that money spent, mind you- Heartbeat International is funded voluntarily by generous people who are truly invested in helping women in their moment of decision-and beyond. We, and our network of pregnancy help organizations, walk with these mothers because we love them…we want them each to have the best possible future.”

Editor’s note: Heartbeat International manages Pregnancy Help News where this first appeared. Reposted with permission.

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