Trump Administration Announces Ban on Abortion Referrals From Taxpayer-Funded Clinics

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

Federally funded clinics barred from offering abortion help under new rule

President Donald Trump energized the pro-life movement on Friday when his administration announced it plans to cut off millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers with a final rule revising the revamped Title X program. Their letter pointed out that HHS had failed to provide an adequate cost-benefit analysis or to account for the rule's negative health impacts on the poor women the program serves.

A Trump administration regulation published Friday that bans federal Title X grants to clinics that perform abortions won't force Planned Parenthood League of MA to close its doors, the head of the organization said.

But in Iowa, Planned Parenthood gets no taxpayer funding.

Regardless, when the new changes are implemented, Brogan said, it will alter the way many Mainers receive health care, and Maine Family Planning will likely be forced to confront how it chooses to offer services in the future.

TOM MCCLUSKY: There are more women's health care centers out there than there are Planned Parenthood facilities or facilities that perform abortions.

"The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions", she continued.

In an interview earlier this year, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said the group could not accept funds under those conditions because it would compromise its ethical obligations to its patients. "The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients". Republicans in the House have called for a bill that bans late-term abortions to be brought to the floor, and Senate Republicans have placed a similar demand on Democrats in the upper chamber, as getting to a final vote requires 60 votes.

The new rule will take effect 60 days after publication in the federal register.

"We stand ready to take any and all legal action to protect women's health and rights", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, after the administrator for the Title X program in California reported that the new rules would likely result in increased wait times and delays for care.

While the change was touted as necessary to ensure transparency and appeases pro-life conservatives, opponents like NY attorney general Letitia James have promised to fight the rule in the court.

When the proposed rule change was first announced in May, the White House said only clinics with "a bright line of physical as well as financial separation" between Title X programs and those that support or refer for abortion would be eligible.

The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement. Since abortions are Planned Parenthood's highest revenue-generating service, however, that seems unlikely. "We thank President Trump and Secretary [Alex] Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion". So it's not clear how soon or if groups like Planned Parenthood might feel any effect from this substantial overhaul of the federal family planning program.

Central to opponents' concerns about the ruleare provisions that prohibit health care providers who receive federal funding from performing abortions or even referring patients elsewhere for the procedure. By contrast, the HHS rule argues that acknowledging patients' religious beliefs promotes, rather than stifles, communication, and cites an example of honoring the religious beliefs of migrant women, amid the current dispute with Democrats in Congress over immigration policy. Patty Murray (Wash.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Maggie Hassan (N.H.) called out HHS for taking numerous shortcuts.

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