Trump administration bans abortion referrals at U.S.-funded clinics

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The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation.

'The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime...'(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump finalized the Protect Life Rule on Friday, which redirects government funding away from health centers that provide abortions-partially defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

"The Domestic Gag Rule runs counter to everything we stand for as a reproductive health care organization", says Hill, "We are going to court to make sure ME patients and providers aren't harmed by this blatantly ideological attack on health care for low-income people".

"Consistent with the statutory requirement that no funds may be expended where abortion is a method of family planning, this regulation no longer requires, and affirmatively prohibits, referral for abortion as a method of family planning", it says.

"The implications of the Trump-Pence administration's attack on Title X with a gag rule are staggering", tweeted Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood's president. Wen told Modern Healthcare that Planned Parenthood, which now serves 41% of the people in the Title X network, has been planning its next steps for months while waiting for the rule to come out.

The Title X Protect Life Rule is Planned Parenthood's second biggest source of taxpayer funding, after Medicaid.

Planned Parenthood provides services to just over 40 percent of Title X patients, according to The Washington Post, and "receives about $60 million from the program". She said the hard-line distinction between abortion service providers and Title X facilities is necessary to avoid inadvertently funding abortion providers simply by sharing facilities and company infrastructure.

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Pro-life groups, such as the March for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the move Friday.

Leaders of health associations representing black and Latino health care providers and patients joined Wen at a news briefing to decry the new rule.

Citing that 1 in 5 Title X recipients "are adolescents", the fact sheet states that the rule requires documentation that providers have tried to "meaningfully encourage" parent/child communication in family planning decisions. But saying so lumps abortion in with other services offered by Planned Parenthood that wouldn't be affected if PP got out of the abortion business. Formally known as the Protect Life Rule, this resembles a similar "gag rule" that already applies to federal funds allocated to reproductive health organizations operating overseas. Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee and 14 of his fellow governors have denounced the proposed rule and threatened legal action in order to block it from going into effect in their states. Maybe now they'll concentrate more on actually offering healthcare services to poor women than on using abortion as their primary "birth control" method.

"We don't accept any restrictive state or federal funding, and this is the reason", says Andrea Irwin, executive director of the Mabel Wadsworth Center, which provides women's health care in Bangor. Polls show most Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion.

Ignoring Congress, which has passed no legislation on this subject, Trump administration rules will now mandate that no organization that even mentions abortion services can receive federal funds. Last week, key lawmakers including House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Senate health committee ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) wrote a letter to the administration that sharply criticized the regulatory review process for the rule.

The Trump administration is now rolling back the Clinton requirement.

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