Fr. Pavone: Protect Life Rule “another great step” in defunding Planned Parenthood


Priests for Life

February 22, 2019


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

Contact:  Leslie Palma, 732-757-9087

TITUSVILLE, FL -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today released the following statement regarding finalization of the Protect Life Rule, which will deprive abortion businesses of federal funding under the Title X program.

“President Trump continues to fulfill his promises to the pro-life movement, doing everything in his power as President to take money away from the abortion industry. The Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule preserves our Title X tax dollars from funding abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood. President Trump understands that Title X money should focus on health care, not on the killing of children. Not a dime of money will be diverted from health care – only from abortion. The majority of Americans don’t want their hard-earned dollars to fund abortion, even indirectly.

“To the pro-life movement, I want to say that this is an opportunity to remind our people that de-funding the abortion industry is a process that has many steps, some of which involve the President’s actions, like this one, others of which involve Congressional action, and still others that involve state action. It is not like turning off just one faucet. There are many funding streams. This is yet another one that now will go in the right direction.

“This is also yet another reason to support President Trump’s re-election. He does what he promises and he does what our movement needs.

“To the pro-abortion movement, I want to urge you not to waste your time opposing this action. This effort to protect Title X money from abortion has been upheld by the Supreme Court in the past. Moreover, it is shameful and not surprising that the governors who have said they would challenge this all belong to the Democratic Party. Whether it is seen in opposition to this Protect Life Rule, or in opposition in Congress during these days to the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, or in support of radical state laws allowing abortion for any reason through birth, the Democrats’ behavior raises the question, “What is it about being a Democrat that requires support for child-killing?” Voters need to face this question head-on as we prepare for the 2020 elections.”

Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit

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