Skip to comments.Trumpís New Abortion Regulation Continues Jack Kempís Pro-Life Legacy
Posted on 05/19/2018 8:00:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
On Friday, President Trumps Department of Health and Human Services announced it would be updating the Title X regulation framework to better enforce the letter of the law, which outlaws federal funding for abortion, and to ensure that federal family planning dollars do not go to facilities that perform abortion. This new framework is based largely on President Reagans similar Title X regulation in 1988, which was challenged in court but eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan.
However, up to now, the framework has never truly been enforced. President Clinton quickly ditched it as soon as he took office, allowing abortion providers to play a shell game which gave them access to federal funds. President George W. Bush, despite his supposed pro-life bonafides, allowed the illegality to continue. And President Obama actually worsened matters by stripping states of their ability to defund abortion providers, a radical move which Congress overturned last year.
But now, President Trump is returning to the Reagan playbook. The federal government will finally enforce the law as written and prevent federal funds from going directly to abortion providers -- instead, this money will go to family planning facilities that do not perform abortions. This is a significant moment for the pro-life movement.
The effort to prevent Title X family planning funds from going to abortion predates the 1988 Reagan regulation. It began with an amendment to a 1985 appropriations bill, introduced by Rep. Jack Kemp and Sen. Orrin Hatch, that outlined the policy Reagan would later use in his executive order to restrict these funds from going toward abortion.
Now, 33 years after he first introduced his amendment, Jack Kemps pro-life dream will finally be realized. Its fulfilment is another testament to the lasting impact that Kemp has had on the Republican Party.
Most people associate Kemp -- and rightly so -- with the Republican Partys focus on cutting taxes as a way of spurring the economy, but his vision was much greater than this. The one consistent theme across all of Kemps proposed policies was prioritizing the real needs of working families. Kemp sought to cut taxes because he believed that high taxes were preventing these families from achieving prosperity. Kemp rarely, if ever, discussed tax policy in any context without referring to its effect on entrepreneurs and, more importantly, the lives of ordinary people -- particularly how it impacted the livelihood of families, including the additional work hours that robbed children of time with their parents.
Moving forward, the Republican Party needs to understand not only the great legislative legacy of Jack Kemp, but also the context in which he always placed these issues. Kemp was always a great spokesman for the fundamental unity that makes us all Americans. He saw the rights of every individual -- regardless of race, class, or state in life -- as critical, and fought to preserve those rights. He also realized that Americas greatness resides fundamentally in its families, and he fought to ensure every Americans rights were defended within the context of the family. Amid our present eras political realignment, Kemps legacy as a defender of both individual rights and the importance of the family ought to be seen as a model for future Republican policymaking.
Donald Trump has brought back Kemps focus on ordinary Americans and mainstreamed it within the Republican Party. His newly announced Title X regulations reflect a strong respect for the importance of the individual and the position of defending life within that context. As the party enters into the 2018 midterms and moves forward toward the 2020 elections, the theme of the dignity of every human life and the importance of the family needs to be front and center. Jack Kemp was a towering figure in conservative politics in the 20th century. His ideas -- and his compassion for people -- are still very much needed today.
He was RINO first and foremost.
Under bammy, they forced us to pay for abortions. That made the fangtooth feminazis very happy. Now, they are seething with insane rage. They are furious with hate. They are screaming at the sky. They wake up even angrier than usual.
Thank you, Donald Trump.
Funny stuff huh? But, the HHS IG needs to audit just where the tax dollars are going and hang ‘em out to dry.
Kemp was a good man.
Had Dole/Kemp won in ‘96, no Bush.
Kemp would have beaten Gore or Kerry in 2004!
Dole was a total drip though.
The GOP always has drip.
Dole was a total drip though
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Yes, but a gentleman.
Remember, when he accepted the nomination he RESIGNED his Senate Seat, so the ‘people’ would not get ‘cheated’ by his not paying full time and attention.
If these hangers on like Kerry, Kane and ALL that are holding a seat were ‘forced’ to resign when trying to move up the ladder (get nominated for the position), we would (MAYBE) get some serious candidates.
No matter which side he would vote for, McCain is really ‘screwing’ the citizens of AZ (and the taxpayers paying his salary) - then again, If their was ever a truer name for a pol - FLAKE - AZ takes it in the shorts again. HOWEVER, guess we can thank the people who stay home and not vote because the challenger has a ‘funny haircut or some other such reason’...In VA we got stuck with McAwful followed by Nortram, when Cuccinelli should have been in that seat...
Either you must not have a 401(k), or you clearly know absolutely nothing about the Kemp-Roth Act of 1981.
What a perfectly stupid statement for you to make.
Reagan could have dumped Bush in 84’ and substituted Kemp. Not protocol. Hindsight is 20-20. The only better candidate would have been Rumsfield. I don’t think Pence is a repeat of 41.
The anguish of abortion advocates somehow makes flowers bloom brighter.
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