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Dear President Bush

Last week, a number of pro-life groups, including Americans United for Life, sent a letter (below) to President Bush requesting that implement regulations that would keep U.S. taxpayer funds (Title X family planning services) from being used to promote and facilitate abortion.

Dear President Bush:

On behalf of the undersigned groups we thank you for strongly supporting the dignity of human life at all stages of development. We applaud your defense of human life and specifically thank you for firmly rejecting any proposals to weaken or eliminate the Mexico City Policy, which you re-implemented at the beginning of your Presidency.

Will you now take swift action to protect human life in another area of law–regulations governing Title X family planning services? We remain concerned that the Administration has for seven years allowed the Clinton regulations governing Title X family planning services to continue. Now, funding for Title X during fiscal year 2008 will increase by nearly $17 million to a record high of almost $300 million. One thing that most Americans can agree upon is that abortion is not a form of family planning. Yet, these Title X funds continue to be used by abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood to promote abortion despite the plain statutory provision from 1970 banning such use.

Regulatory changes promulgated under President Reagan clarified the law that Title X recipients may not refer for abortion or combine family planning services with abortion services. These were defended by President George H.W. Bush and were upheld under Rust vs. Sullivan (500 U.S. 173) in 1991. Unfortunately, by the time they were being enforced, President Bill Clinton took office and rescinded these pro-life regulations. He then implemented statutorily unsupported harmful regulations that require that recipients of Title X funding refer for abortion. Moreover, these regulations allow the co-location of abortion clinics with their affiliated Title X family planning clinics—in some cases utilizing the same waiting rooms, staff and facilities. More than a minimal economic separation between abortion providers and family planning clinics is warranted.

We respectfully ask that you make the necessary changes to the Title X regulations to prevent U.S. taxpayer funds from being used to promote and facilitate abortion. Changes to the Title X regulations are still possible. We ask you to make the much needed changes to ensure that federally supported family planning services are separated from abortion services.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council

Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President
Focus on the Family

Leslee Unruh, President
Abstinence Clearinghouse

Dr. Carl Herbster, President
AdvanceUSA

Denise M. Burke,
Vice President & Legal Director
Americans United for Life

Gary Bauer, President
American Values

Georgette Forney, President
Anglicans for Life
Co-founder,
Silent No More Awareness Campaign

Dorinda C. Bordlee, Esq.
Bioethics Defense Fund

Joel Brind, Ph.D., President
Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

Terrence Scanlon, President
Capital Research Center

Dorothy Wallis, President and CEO
Caring to Love Ministries

John F. Brehany, Ph.D.,S.T.L.,
Executive Director
Catholic Medical Association

Cathi Herrod, President
Center for Arizona Policy

Pastor Rod Parsley, Founder & President
Center for Moral Clarity

Jim Backlin
Vice President for Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America

Wendy Wright, President
Concerned Women for America

Karen Testerman, Executive Director
Cornerstone Policy Research

Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder
Eagle Forum

David Fowler, President
Family Action of Tennessee

Maurine Proctor
Family Leader Network

Eileen Macapanas Cosby, President
Filipino Family Fund

John Stemberger,
President and General Counsel
Florida Family Action

Kelly Shackelford, President
Free Market Foundation

Ray Ruddy
The Gerard Health Foundation, LLC

Kelly Rosati, JD, Executive Director
Hawaii Family Forum

Peggy Heartshorn, President
Heartbeat International

Jo Tolck, Executive Director
Human Life Alliance

Ron Shuping,
Executive VP of Programming
The Inspiration Networks

Mathew D. Staver,
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel
Dean and Professor of Law, Liberty
University School of Law

Dr. Patricia McEwen, Director
Life Coalition International

Steven Ertelt, Editor
LifeNews.com

Day Gardner, President
National Black Pro-Life Union

Thomas A. Glessner, JD, President
National Institute of
Family and Life Advocates

Rev. Duane Motley, Executive Director
New Yorker’s for
Constitutional Freedoms

Bill Brooks, President
North Carolina Family Policy Council

Thomas J. Shaheen,
Vice President for Policy
Pennsylvania Family Institute

Carmen Pate, Co-Host
Point of View Radio Talk Show

Steve Mosher, President
Population Research Institute

Marie Bowen, Executive Director
Presbyterians Pro-Life

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life
President,
National Pro-life Religious Council

William J Murray, Chairman
Religious Freedom Coalition

Dr. William Greene, President
RightMarch.com

Joseph A. Brinck, President
Sanctity of Life Foundation

Kristan J. Hawkins, Executive Director
Students for Life of America

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President
Susan B. Anthony List

C. Preston Noell III, President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Andrea Lafferty, Executive Director
Traditional Values Coalition

Julaine K. Appling, CEO
Wisconsin Family Council, Inc.