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Boozman, Cotton, Colleagues Move to Nullify Biden Administration Rule Allowing Federal Grants for Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) joined Senator Marco Rubio (R-F) and 30 other Republican Senators to introduce a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the Biden administration’s 2021 Final Rule on the Title X Family Planning Program, which reversed the Trump administration’s 2019 ban on federal funding to entities that provide abortion referrals to pregnant mothers. The 2019 rule did not reduce Title X funding, but simply redirected it to providers that do not perform or promote abortions as part of their “family planning” practices.

“Abortion is not health care and taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the destruction of human life,” Boozman said. “Organizations like Planned Parenthood that prioritize abortion have once again been emboldened by the Biden administration, and I’m proud to join my colleagues to challenge this rule and reaffirm our commitment to the sanctity and value of unborn children.”

“We have a responsibility to protect those most vulnerable—particularly the unborn,” Cotton said. “Abortion isn’t ‘family planning,’ and American tax dollars shouldn’t be sent to organizations that view it as such.”

“The Biden Administration’s rule is an assault on the most sacred and fundamental human right, the right to life,” Rubio said. “I will continue to protect the sanctity of life and do everything I can to make sure taxpayer dollars are not used for or promote abortions.” 

The Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, Family Research Council and Heritage Action support the resolution.  

Joining Boozman, Cotton and Rubio were Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Tim Scott (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Hoeven (R-ND), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), James Lankford (R-OK), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), John Kennedy (R-LA), John Cornyn (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). 

U.S. Representative Tony Gonzales (R-TX) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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