Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Trump administration to ban abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded clinics

Donald Trump Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals
Carol Daniels | 25 February, 2019, 04:54

Planned Parenthood is expected to be stripped will be stripped of about $60 million in federal funds due to the rule change.

The new rule says anyone offering abortions or counseling women about where to get them can't receive Title X funds to cover services like birth control or STD tests. It also eliminates a "requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral". However, those discussions informing patients of their option to seek abortion would no longer be required.

That will hit Planned Parenthood the hardest: It receives between $50 million and $60 million of the $286 million distributed in what are known as Title X grants.

A statement from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List praises the new rule, saying in past years Planned Parenthood has received nearly $60 million in Title X grants. It prohibits Title X providers from being under the same roof as an abortion facility, and restricts them from referring women for abortions. By law, the family planning program does not pay for abortions.

President Donald Trump announced the move last May, which will require facilities providing Title X services to be physically separate from those that commit or refer for abortions.

"Abortion is not part of family planning", Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs at the anti-abortion March for Life, said in a recent interview with NPR.

"We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. "This physical and financial separation will ensure compliance with the statutory requirement that Title X funding not support programs where abortion is a method of family planning ..."

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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". Julie Rabinovitz is with Essential Access Health, which administers Title X grants in California. "It compromises the oath I took to serve my patients and help them make the best decisions about their health", Wen wrote.

"I am grateful that the Trump administration has affirmed human life and dignity with this pro-child rule", Smith said in a February 22 statement. We will always be here for our patients. The group has about 600 affiliated health-care centers used by more than 5 million people a year, according to its website.

"It is unfathomable that anyone would want to prevent health care providers from giving their patients referrals to other safe, quality health care providers", Ragsdale said. It has been frequently updated and subject to new regulations.

'Religious conservatives have long argued that the program indirectly subsidizes Planned Parenthood. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a 2020 presidential hopeful. McAneny, an oncologist who practices in New Mexico, said in the statement that the new rule would create hardship for low-income women who rely on current providers for services. Doreen Denny is with Concerned Women for America.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the move a "domestic gag rule" and "strikes a staggering blow to women's basic health rights".

One of the 2020 presidential hopefuls, Sen. This is both outrageous and risky. "We should not be walking back from that progress". "These new rules are unsafe and unnecessary, and will prevent millions of Americans from obtaining the care they need and deserve". Thus Nixon "proposed federal funding of contraception": "I believe, therefore, that we should establish as a national goal the provision of adequate family planning services within the next five years to all those who want them but can not afford them".

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