Federally funded clinics barred from offering abortion help under new rule

Federally funded clinics barred from offering abortion help under new rule

Known as Title X, the family-planning programme serves about four million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates.

President Trump and Republicans generally have been agitating the air in recent weeks about the tiny number of late-term abortions being protected under new state laws that protect this option in cases where the woman's life or health is at risk.

Planned Parenthood has said the administration appears to be targeting them.

"The Title X Program can now finally return to its originally intended purpose-the provision of family planning services, not abortions", Smith said in a statement sent to Breitbart News. Numerous medical associations have opposed the changes, including the American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Anti-abortion rights advocates argue that any money given to Planned Parenthood - even if it's not used for abortions - frees up funding to be used for the procedure.

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 congressional action lagged, we worked with the administration on securing this decisive executive action", she said. 'It would never happen.

"It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion and healthcare". The Washington Examiner reports that Planned Parenthood covers roughly 40 percent of people who use Title X to get medical services and receives between $50-60 million from Title X. They had sought to emphasize abstinence in grant rules for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, although they later reversed course.

"This is a monumental day in the fight to protect life and ensure tax dollars don't support abortion providers like Planned Parenthood", Estes said in a statement.

"The final rule amends the Title X regulation, which had not been substantially updated in almost two decades, and makes notable improvements created to increase the number of patients served and improve the quality of their care".

Some of those organizations emphasize abstinence outside of marriage or promote fertility awareness methods, which depend on understanding a woman's cycle and restricting sexual activity at times she is fertile. So a group like Planned Parenthood couldn't get those funds to cover services like contraception for Title X patients.

The updated rule does not prohibit clinics from counseling on abortion, but it eliminates the requirement that federally funded providers offer abortion counseling and referral.

ME medical providers who receive federal funds said impending federal prohibitions on what doctors can tell patients about reproductive care would jeopardize their ability to deliver that care. The move will not only cut off money to Planned Parenthood and others, but also potentially lead to a reduction in family planning generally. Today's broad-based move against abortion and family planning services is more illustrative of the comprehensively restrictive intentions of this administration and its party. In a February 15 letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.

Among other concerns, they said, there was no advanced public notice and no early outreach to groups that participate in the program. Last year, about 4 million people used the program, according to the government. The rule states, "Because positions of conscience are often grounded in religious influence, '[d] enying the aspect of spirituality and religion for some patients can act as a barrier".

The Trump regulation does allow for a a limited exception to the referral ban.

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