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Biden’s HHS denies health care funding to Oklahoma for not funding abortions.

Biden Administration Withholds Millions in Grant Money from Oklahoma for Refusing to Fund Abortions

President Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services is weaponizing its grant-giving power against states that refuse to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) was awarded $4.5 million this year for “family planning services,” which historically include pregnancy prevention, testing, and counseling, as well as sexually transmitted infection and disease testing and treatment, and other preventative screenings. However, HHS is now penalizing Oklahoma for keeping taxpayer funds away from abortions, by withholding the Title X grant worth millions.

The same bureaucratic arm that funneled hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to known pro-abortion activists last year, is now withholding funds from Oklahoma for refusing to fund abortions.

OSDH announced in late May that HHS’s Office of Population Affairs “determined our Title X program is out of compliance” due to differences between the Biden administration’s abortion policy and Oklahoma state law.

Oklahoma Republicans Sens. James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin and Reps. Josh Brecheen, Stephanie Bice, Kevin Hern, Frank Lucas, and Tom Cole demanded the “immediate reinstallation” of the award and warned that “HHS’ interpretation and application of the obligations of grantees under federal statute” is wrong and will “substantially harm our constituency.”

The legislators wrote, “Abortion is not family planning; it

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