Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump presents plan for Title X changes to cut Planned Parenthood funding

Trump presents plan for Title X changes to cut Planned Parenthood funding

The rule is reportedly similar to a Reagan-era rule that didn't go into effect as written.

The lawmakers also noted their "deep concern" that a recent report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office showed that between 2013 and 2015 Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, received $170 million from the Title X program.

As one Trump administration official told CNN, "Any grantees that perform, support or refer for abortion have a choice - disentangle themselves from abortion or fund their activities with privately raised funds".

It's a move that revives a Reagan-era regulation and it's receiving both praise and backlash. "This is absolutely extraordinary that we would now be gagging doctors and health care providers from giving women their legal information and even referring them for potentially life-saving health care".

Abortion rights advocates say this makes it much more hard for women to trust that they are getting unbiased information from their providers about abortion, since providers who accept this grant don't have to advise about abortion as an option, and they can't offer help on where to get one. But in the 1970s and 1980s, the law was interpreted to allow Title X programs to refer patients for abortions, be co-located with abortion clinics, and lobby for pro-abortion policies-so long as federal dollars did not directly fund abortions.

The group provides healthcare services to about 40 percent of the 4 million people covered by the Title X program, and said community health centers would not be able to absorb its patients.

In a statement emailed to members of the press, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), said: "Everyone has the right to access information about their health care - including information about safe, legal abortion - and every woman deserves the best medical care and information, no matter how much money she makes or where she lives".

"Planned Parenthood will not stop fighting for our patients". The rule, if it holds up in court, will end that.

The Trump administration wants to separate abortion from family planning.

The rule will effectively ban PP and other abortion providers from offering federally funded family planning services in the same facility where abortions are performed.

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"I can not imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged", said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics.

Noting that abortions make up a small percentage of the services offered by Planned Parenthood, Norwood pointed out that the Trump administration's move is threatening "things that have a really huge impact on your life".

Federal law now requires the clinics to counsel pregnant women on their options, including adoption and abortion.

The Trump administration has been aggressive in its support of anti-abortion measures.

Federal funds - through Medicaid and other low-income healthcare programmes - are nearly always blocked from paying for abortion services anyway, but it has long been a demand of many conservatives in the U.S. that taxpayers' money not be used to fund the organisation.

It's been three years since the Center for Medical Progress released illegally obtained and highly fabricated videos appearing to depict Planned Parenthood workers "selling baby parts".

Abortion opponents say the administration plan is not a "gag rule".

"Accessible contraceptives, services to help women prevent unplanned pregnancies [and] care for children after they're born are all under attack by the Republicans", she added.

"The Trump administration and the anti-choice extremists he is pandering to with this risky rule know that knowledge is power which is why they are directly attacking a woman's right to know exactly what her full range of options are when it comes to an unintended pregnancy", NARAL-Pro Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. In particular, HHS's decision to provide waivers to states enabling them to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients will kick tens, and potentially hundreds of thousands of people out of the health care system altogether.

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