Planned Parenthood withdraws from federal family planning program

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Eureka Clinic Shouldn't Experience Cutbacks, Despite Withdrawal From Federal Funding Over Trump Administration 'Gag Rule'

Planned Parenthood Exits Federal Family Planning Program Over Abortion Gag Rule

The Trump administration had implemented a rule stating that any clinic accepting Title X funds must not refer women to an abortion provider or suggest where to to get one, as The New York Times reports.

This is devastating news for the patients who rely on the clinics that have chosen to withdraw from the program, which serves roughly 4 million people (40% of them through Planned Parenthood facilities).

Title X now has a budget of $286.5 million and helped more than 4 million low-income people in 2017, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

Religious conservatives see the program as providing an indirect subsidy to Planned Parenthood, which runs family planning clinics and is also a major abortion provider.

March for Life echoed Dannenfelser's statement, saying: "Planned Parenthood, our nation's largest abortion provider, today made a choice not to separate its abortion operation from Title X services, and in doing so declined Title X funding".

Our Kiernan Brisson took a closer look at what this means for patients in Vermont.

The Trump administration gave recipients of federal funds under the Title X family planning program until Monday to agree to follow the new rule that prevents them from referring patients for abortions.

About a third of Planned Parenthood's funding - amounting to about $16.2 million in 2019- has come from the federal government, including the Title X program it's now withdrawing from. Once again, Planned Parenthood is placing abortion above all else, most especially the low income women they claim to be serving. In Utah, Planned Parenthood is the only Title X grantee; in Minnesota, it serves 90% of patients. Phil Murphy signed legislation restoring $7.5 million in state funding for Planned Parenthood and other health clinics.

Since the program's inception in 1970, federal law has prohibited recipients from using Title X money to pay for abortions.

"So there is a total of about $800,000 that has been sitting in a contingency fund that can be utilized and it will go from July 1st of this year through for a year after", Vt.

After Planned Parenthood announced on Monday it would back out of the Title X federal family planning program, Dr. Nicole Saphier said that the majority of Americans do not support federal funding for abortion services. Roughly four million women are covered under Title X nationwide, which provides $260 million in grants to family planning clinics. It is simply wrong to deny patients accurate information about and access to abortion care'.

"We are committed to keeping our doors open as long as possible", she said.

Planned Parenthood has been fighting the regulation in court, but was supposed to submit by Monday a "compliance" plan with enforcement expected September 18.

Alex McGill Johnson, acting president of the organization, appealed last week to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene.

The impact of the loss of funds will likely vary state by state.

That's a gag rule. She went on to say that California is experiencing an "epidemic" when it comes to syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, and "an overwhelming majority" of Planned Parenthood patients are at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

'Our patients deserve to make their own health care decisions, not to be forced to have Donald Trump or Mike Pence make those decisions for them'.

"This unethical gag rule will limit women's access to health care, and Minnesotans should be able to access the health care they need without political interference". The Executive Branch has also clearly been making efforts to protect life via rules like the ones we're discussing and judicial nominations.

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