Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Pro-Life Implications of Budget Agreement

On Monday evening, President Trump and bipartisan Congressional leadership reached a budget agreement for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

Regarding the appropriations process, the agreement states that “there will be no poison pills, additional new riders, additional CHIMPS, or other changes in policy or conventions that allow for higher spending levels, or any non-appropriations measures unless agreed to on a bipartisan basis by the four leaders with the approval of the President.”

This agreement indicates that longstanding pro-life protections, including the Hyde Amendment, will be retained and that provisions in House appropriations bills that attack the Trump Administration’s pro-life achievements will not be included. This is contingent on the four leaders and the President putting this arrangement into effect as the appropriations process continues.

There are currently nine pro-life problems in House-passed appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020 that need to be addressed:

FY2020 Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Text (H.R. 3351)

DORNAN (DC HYDE) AMENDMENT: Limits the Dornan Amendment abortion funding prohibition to “federal” funds, allowing DC to use locally-generated funds to pay for abortions on demand. (Title VIII – General Provisions – District of Columbia, Section 802)

FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Text (H.R. 2740)

TITLE X: The Trump Administration’s final Protect Life (Title X) rule is repealed. Title X funding is increased to $400 million ($114 million increase). (Division A, Title II (HHS), HRSA, Family Planning)

CONSCIENCE PROTECTION RULE: The Trump Administration’s final Conscience Protection Rule is repealed. (Division A, Title II (HHS), General Provisions, Sec. 240)

FETAL TISSUE: Prohibition against the convening of an ethics advisory board to review applications for extramural fetal tissue research (outside researchers funded by HHS dollars.) This prohibition seeks to prevent HHS from withholding funds for extramural fetal tissue research. (Division A, Title V-General Provisions, Sec 533)

TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION (TPP) FUNDING: TPP is funded at $110 million ($9 million increase) while requiring continued funding for Obama-era grantees like Planned Parenthood. Sexual Risk Avoidance education funding is eliminated ($35 million decrease). (Division A, Title II (HHS), Departmental Management, General Departmental Management)

FY2020 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Text (H.R. 2740)

PROTECTING LIFE IN GLOBAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE (PLGHA): President Trump’s PLGHA policy is repealed, and future Administrations are prohibited from establishing a similar policy. (Division D, Title VII—General Provisions, Global Health Activities, Sec. 7058(a); Division D, Title VII – General Provisions, Assistance for Foreign Nongovernmental Organizations, Sec. 7064)

UNITED NATIONS POPULATION FUND (UNFPA): The bill appropriates $55.5 million ($23 million increase) for UNFPA. (Division D, Title VII – General Provisions – United Nations Population Fund, Sec. 7057)

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING: The bill appropriates not less than $750 million for family planning/reproductive health programs ($175 million increase from FY19 levels). (Division D, Title VII – General Provisions – Global Health Activities, Sec. 7058)

PROGRAMMATIC CONTRACEPTIVE EXPANSIONS: Longstanding HIV/AIDs Provisions are altered to allow additional funds for contraceptives. (Division D, Title VII – General Provisions, Global Health Activities, Sec. 7058)

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