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

Chicago. Under the new rule posted Friday by the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Population Affairs any organization that provides or refers patients for abortion

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

Title X recipients have always been prohibited from using that money to provide abortion services, but they can share physicians, buildings and other company infrastructure with privately funded abortion providers as long as there's some physical separation between the two, Brogan said. This afternoon Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, the advocacy arm of New York's Planned Parenthood chapters, issued a statement opposing the rule.

Although the policy was published Friday, it's not official until it appears in the Federal Register, and changes may be made before that occurs.

"In particular, we are concerned that OIRA may soon approve the final rule for publication without ensuring that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has conducted a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the rule's potential economic and health impacts", the lawmakers wrote.

March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement that "abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning - which is why the Title X program has no business funding it".

After the Iowa Legislature voted in 2017 to forego $3 million in federal funding and create its own women's health care program without Planned Parenthood, the organization closed several clinics in the state.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure in the USA, 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 a woman.

The Trump administration announced on February 22 that it will ban tax-payer funded facilities from promoting or performing abortions.

The Department of Health and Human Services put forth a revision of the Title X family planning program, which states that no funds appropriated to the program "may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and related statutory requirements".

Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, said that this "will do irreparable harm to the public's health and damage the network of highly qualified family planning providers across the country". Planned Parenthood is expected to be stripped will be stripped of about $60 million in federal funds due to the rule change. This means organizations can no longer take federal funds if their counseling includes any information on where or how to get an abortion - encompassing practically every Planned Parenthood clinic in the nation, including those that do not perform abortions.

But it's disturbing nonetheless, she said. Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, said it demonstrates that Trump has "fulfilled yet another campaign promise", adding that Planned Parenthood "shouldn't be getting a dime of federal funds".

"We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood", said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

"Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite". "Of the half a billion dollars or so, around 25 percent was Title X funding, the rest was Medicaid reimbursements".

Saturday, Maine Family Planning announced that it will seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect.

"We want our patients to know that our doors our open, and we will be here for them", she said.

Reproductive rights advocates are calling this a "domestic gag rule", an allusion to a long-standing Republican worldwide policy known as the "global gag rule" (or Mexico City Policy) prohibiting US -supported family planning money from going to organizations that perform or promote abortion services.

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