President Biden’s administration has begun the process of restoring family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), which forfeited millions of dollars in response to Trump-era restrictions on family planning grants.
While the rule hasn’t been finalized, it represents a first step toward undoing a significant portion of the former administration’s anti-abortion agenda. A Wednesday proposal from the Biden administration accused former Trump of abandoning a “client-centered approach” and instead took one that “cannot be squared with well-accepted public health principles.”
The Trump policy will remain in effect until it is formally superseded by the Biden rule, a process that can take months. Biden administration officials believe that exercising restraint now will increase the odds of the changes ultimately being upheld in court.
The so-called “gag rule” blocks Title X grants from flowing to organizations where abortion is a method of family planning.