Donald Trump Administration: Abortion Is Not Family Planning

Donald Trump Administration: Abortion Is Not Family Planning

Last year, more than four million people relied on Title X for health care services, 41 percent of which received services at Planned Parenthood, according to a the health clinic.

The new rule prevents federal funding from going to family planning centers that refer or perform abortions while providing Title X services such as birth control, mammograms and cancer screenings.

Praised by religious conservatives, the policy is bound to be challenged in court by pro-choice advocates.

Pelosi went on to say, "This outrageous assault on the health care of vulnerable and under-served women and families would choke off their access to affordable contraception, critical health information and preventive health care, gravely undermining the health and strength of America".

'Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin, ' she said.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills criticized the change.

"When congressional action lagged, we worked with the administration on securing this decisive executive action", she said.

"We applaud HHS Secretary [Alex] Azar and the Trump administration on this move that protects American taxpayers from paying for abortion through Title X", she added.

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The administration plan would also prohibit family planning clinics from being housed in the same location as abortion providers.

A leading provider of women's health care in ME considering a lawsuit to prevent implementation of the rule as Gov. Janet Mills considers responses to what she described as "backward policy that will silence health care providers, withhold vital medical information from patients, and prevent women from getting the basic health care they need". They will also replace a 2016 rule that placed restrictions on states and others entities receiving Title X funding. "President Trump has been persistent in fulfilling his pro-life campaign promises including ensuring that taxpayers are not in a forced partnership with the abortion industry".

The department said there could be "minor editorial changes" to the regulations while a department official confirmed to the Associated Press it was the final version. Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million from the program.

Leaders of health associations representing black and Latino health care providers and patients joined Wen at a news briefing to decry the new rule They said women from their communities make up more than half the beneficiaries of Title X grants and would be disproportionately harmed by the changes.

"This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need", said Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

"Of particular concern, HHS declined to deem the Title X rule economically significant - completely disregarding the considerable health-related costs the rule would impose - and failed to conduct a comprehensive regulatory impact analysis", wrote Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, along with Sens.

The Trump administration's policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women. The Clinton administration undid the rule, however, and it has never since been fully restored.

If a pregnant patient has chose to have an abortion and makes an explicit request for a referral, a doctor would be allowed to provide a list of comprehensive care providers as long as she or he does not indicate which of them offer abortion services.