A Trump administration "gag order" just proposed cutting millions from Planned Parenthood

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

Federally funded clinics barred from offering abortion help under new rule

It also prohibits health care providers from performing or referring patients to have abortions at the same facility receiving Title X dollars, regardless of the funding source.

Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and all but impossible to fulfill.

Planned Parenthood president Dr. Leana Wen said on Friday that "the Title X gag rule will essentially dismantle this critical federal program" and that in many remote or rural areas of the U.S., Planned Parenthood is "the only provider who participates in the program".

Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a "gag rule", and launched a full campaign to block it.

"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.

The Trump administration's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule changing funding regulations under the Title X family planning program, a long-awaited action expected to reduce Planned Parenthood's federal tax subsidies by nearly $60 million.

Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, runs 13 percent of Title X centers and serves about 41 percent of Title X patients, according to their website.

Mancini said that March for Life applauds the Trump administration "on this move that protects American taxpayers from paying for abortion through Title X".

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By comparison, Clark County , had a 6.7 percent exemption rate, according to state health-department data. Volunteers from the Medical Reserve Corps have also lent their time to the ongoing efforts.

A final rule governing the changes to the Title X program and backed by President Donald Trump was relea se d Friday, and will go into effect 60 days after it's filed in the Federal Register, though it's expected to be appealed in court.

"Planned Parenthood will fight the Trump-Pence administration through every avenue so this illegal, unethical rule never goes into effect", Dr. Wen, said on a Friday conference call with reporters.

They expressed concern that Trump's "gag rule" would be finalized before HHS had "conducted a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the rule's potential economic and health impacts".

The law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions. It is also a potential violation of the First Amendment, since it appears to require government infringement of a doctor's ability to speak freely with patients about legal, safe and customary health care options as a requirement for federal assistance.

The organization claims "thousands of people will be left with nowhere to turn for health care" because of the decision. Almost 80 percent of those patients qualified for free or reduced fee services - numbers that suggest the program "is doing just what it's supposed to do", said Deirdre Fulton-McDonough, a spokeswoman for Maine Family Planning.

A leading provider of women's health care in ME considering a lawsuit to prevent implementation of the rule as Gov. Janet Mills considers responses to what she described as "backward policy that will silence health care providers, withhold vital medical information from patients, and prevent women from getting the basic health care they need".

The decades-old $286 million Title X program, enacted by Republican President Richard Nixon, has been a game-changer for millions of low-income citizens' who might otherwise struggle to find affordable reproductive health care.

Enacted in 1970, the Title X program now provides 4 million low-income people access to reproductive health services, including birth control, STI testing, mammograms and cancer screenings. Title X funds provide much-needed family planning services for millions of people.

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