“It requires the ‘physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.”
President Donald Trump’s administration has taken a step towards stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding.
The Health and Human Services Department has changed rules in the Title X program that will not allow groups that provide abortion or abortion referrals to participate in a $286 million federal family program.
From The Washington Examiner:
The rule applies to a grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.
Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions.
Planned Parenthood makes up the majority of the chunk of the program since it receives between $50 million and $60 million from it.
The critics have called this a gag order, but clinics can still talk to women about abortions. They just cannot refer them.
More than likely the abortion provider will challenge the rule in federal court. It’s similar to a rule from the 1980s:
The rule is similar to a 1988 policy instituted by former President Ronald Reagan, which required family planning services to have a “physical separation” and “separate personnel” from abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood and other groups challenged the Reagan-era rule in court. The Supreme Court allowed the policy to move forward, but it was never carried out completely. Then-President Bill Clinton rolled back the rules in 1994.
The new HHS rule on Title X is not the same thing as “defunding Planned Parenthood,” but it’s about as close as you can get through regulation. https://t.co/AFZd8S7xLN
— Margot Sanger-Katz (@sangerkatz) February 22, 2019
BREAKING: Despite massive opposition, the Trump-Pence administration just released its unethical gag rule, making it illegal for Title X health care providers to refer patients for abortion. #NoGagRule #DontGagMyCare pic.twitter.com/i0PYZfUuRj
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) February 22, 2019
This Administration continues to play politics with public health. No doctor should be silenced and barred from protecting their patient’s health. We will fight back against this attack on women.https://t.co/DuWuUEM09I
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 22, 2019
Once again, the Trump administration has waged an all-out attack on women’s health care. This rule will make it harder for Americans to access safe, affordable care. Democrats will keep fighting to ensure women have access to the quality care they deserve. https://t.co/bTBmu2PCMb
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 22, 2019
— Right to Life (@nrlc) February 22, 2019
BREAKING: President Trump’s Protect Life rule was just finalized! This rule could defund Planned Parenthood of as much as $60 MILLION of our tax dollars each year! #ProLife
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) February 22, 2019
“It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion & healthcare. Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning which is why the Title X program has no business funding it.” @jeannemfl 1/4https://t.co/IMEuw28ryJ
— March for Life (@March_for_Life) February 22, 2019
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