Trump Administration to Take Millions Away from Abortion Providers

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

The US Department of Health and Human Services issued its draft final rule to revise the Title X family planning program Friday, jeopardizing a decades-old program that serves millions of low-income people, critics say.

"Title X explicitly states that no Title X funds 'shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning, '" Americans United for Life said of the new HHS rule.

Planned Parenthood has said the administration appears to be targeting them, and calls the policy a "gag rule".

The Washington Post stated that Planned Parenthood, which serves about 41% of Title X patients and receives $60 million from the program, will not accept funds under this new rule because "it would compromise its ethical obligations to patients".

The department said there could be "minor editorial changes" to the regulations while a department official confirmed to the Associated Press it was the final version.

"The Title X program was not meant to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives nearly $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars", she emphasized. "Stopping the taxpayer subsidy of abortion is a crucial step to begin disentangling some of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that help fuel Planned Parenthood's abortion operations annually", she added.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman. "With today's decision by the Trump administration, we are finally starting to see the end to federally-funded taxpayer abortions".

"It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion and healthcare", March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement on Friday. Thus, a family planning provider funded by Title X can list a group of providers but cannot single out which ones offer abortion.

"The Domestic Gag Rule runs counter to everything we stand for as a reproductive health care organization", says Hill, "We are going to court to make sure ME patients and providers aren't harmed by this blatantly ideological attack on health care for low-income people". And they are seeking to allow faith-based foster-care and adoption providers who reject gay or non-Christian couples to continue getting federal funds.

Planned Parenthood is still eligible for federal funds that are not part of Title X. Last year, Planned Parenthood received over $500 million in federal funding.

"Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin", she said.

It would also prevent employees at these Title X family planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, from telling women where they can obtain an abortion, The New York Times reported. Instead, the money is used for wellness exams, STD and HIV screenings, birth control and contraceptive education, according to Planned Parenthood.

Trump's new "gag rule" will take effect 60 days after it is published in the federal register. Better contraception, fewer unintended pregnancies and state restrictions may have played a role, according to a recent scientific report. "The updated rule seeks to ensure a holistic and health-centered approach, safeguarding the short- and long-term family planning needs of more women, men, and adolescents in need of services".

In a statement, pro-life group the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List said, "The rule advances President Trump's promise to stop taxpayer funding of abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who will no longer receive Title X funding if they choose not to comply".

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