Under President Obama, Title X “family-planning grants” to states could not be denied to organizations on the basis of whether or not they performed abortions. Thus, federal money went to Planned Parenthood not for abortions–the Hyde Amendment forbids that–but to support their other activities (as if money were not fungible).
Now states can prevent abortion providers from receiving any of the money if they so choose.
Question: Why are taxpayers funding Title X “family-planning grants” in the first place? Can states refuse to take them? [Read more…]