Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

Trump To Bar Family Planning Clinics From Abortion Referrals

The administration has implemented a similar rule - nicknamed the "Mexico City gag rule" - for grantees of USA foreign aid that prevents organizations that get those funds from referring, providing or discussing abortion with patients.

"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.

The policy released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department pleased religious conservatives, a key building block of President Donald Trump's political base. "Either way, this will loosen the group's hold on tens of millions of tax dollars". Major medical associations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association have opposed the rule on the grounds that it violates medical ethics to keep information from patients. Critics have decried it as a "gag rule" and an indirect way to defund Planned Parenthood.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, D, tweeted that the new rule is "dangerous & unnecessary", putting millions of Americans at risk, and that the state would take legal action. 'It would never happen.

Reproductive health experts have referred to this change as a "gag rule" because it limits what providers can and cannot say to patients. "We will fight this rule with everything we have", Wen warned. The new rule also requires Title X recipients to involve minor recipients' parents or guardians in communications about them seeking taxpayer-provided birth control.

It doesn't mean that poor women can't get birth control. They had sought to emphasize abstinence in grant rules for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, although they later reversed course.


"If the official published rule is as damaging as today's draft final version", Coleman said, her group "will be prepared to challenge the Trump administration to protect the family planning safety net for the millions of people who rely on it". Every year, approximately 4 million people receive Title X provisions. HHS said that mandate is "inconsistent with federal conscience laws". Moreover, clinics will not be allowed to promote abortion as a family planning method.

She said the new policy would prevent doctors from referring women for abortions "even if your life depended on it". Considering that they performed about 320,000 abortions past year, they may be right. In a February 15 letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Sens. In a February 15 letter, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Senators Patty Murray of Washington, Kamala Harris of California and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire called out HHS for taking numerous shortcuts.

Regardless, when the new changes are implemented, Brogan said, it will alter the way many Mainers receive health care, and Maine Family Planning will likely be forced to confront how it chooses to offer services in the future. During a subsequent 60-day comment period, the department said it received more than 500,000 public comments. Clinics will have 120 days to comply with the requirement that family planning and abortion services are kept financially separated and a year to comply with the physical separation requirement.

"The implications of the Trump-Pence administration's attack on Title X with a gag rule are staggering".

The new regulation "permits, but no longer requires, nondirective pregnancy counseling, including nondirective counseling on abortion". Since Title X was enacted in 1970, its funds have always been prohibited from paying for abortion services.

The administration implemented a similar rule - nicknamed the "Mexico City gag rule" - for grantees of USA foreign aid that prevents organizations that get those funds from referring, providing or discussing abortion with patients.

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