H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 is a bill opposed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) as it includes several provisions that roll back current pro-life policies. Among other things, H.R. 2740 would block the Administration’s final rule related to prolife changes to the Title X family planning program. Under the rule, abortion facilities may not be in the same location where family planning services are delivered. The rule also states that Title X grantees may not refer for elective abortion. The rule does not cut one dime of funding for family planning, but ensures that funding goes to health facilities that do not perform or promote abortion as family planning. Under the Obama Administration policy (which H.R. 2740 would restore), Title X consistently funded family planning through organizations that promoted and provided abortions.
Representative Roby offered an amendment to strike the language that prevents the implementation of the pro-life Title X rule. NRLC supported the Roby Amendment. On June 12, 2019, the House of Representatives blocked the Roby Amendment by a roll call vote of 231 to 171. The amendment was supported by 188 Republicans and 3 Democrats. Voting against it were 231 Democrats. NRLC opposes passage of the underlying bill, H.R. 2740. House roll call no. 267, June 12, 2019.