Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 217)
This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2019
HR 217 would amend Title X of the Public Health Service Act to prohibit family planning grants from being awarded to any entity that performs abortions, and for other purposes.
Exceptions are made for abortions where:
- the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest; or
- a physician certifies that the pregnant individual suffered from a physical disorder, injury, or illness that would place the patient in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy.
Hospitals are exempted unless they provide funds to non-hospital entities that perform abortions.
HHS would be required to include in an annual report:
- information on grantees who performed abortions under the exceptions; and
- a list of entities to which grant funds are made available.
According to Planned Parenthood:
Many Planned Parenthood health centers receive federal grants for family planning services through the Title X Family Planning Program, which helps all types of family planning health centers (not just Planned Parenthood) provide birth control, sex education, and other reproductive health services to low-income patients, helping to avert 1.1 million unintended pregnancies per year. [HR 217] would block Planned Parenthood health centers from receiving this funding, which would cut women off from the basic preventive health care that they currently get at those health centers.
Similar to H.R. 853.