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Title X change risks patient health, says Planned Parenthood

Title X change risks patient health, says Planned Parenthood

That's about 600 to 700 patients a month.

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The judge's ruling came on the same day that the Trump administration implemented a new policy for federally funded family planning clinics.

Ferguson's suit says the rule will force many providers out of the program and prevent thousands of mostly poor women in Washington from receiving other vital health care services.

Missouri requires that physicians at clinics providing abortion services have admitting privileges at a hospital, but Planned Parenthood sought an exemption from the rule because they were denied at a nearby hospital.

While federal law already bars the money from being used for abortion services, the regulatory changes outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services last week are created to strengthen this barrier through physical and operational changes at facilities that receive Title X funding.

"I can not imagine withholding information from my patients". So if you are a woman who goes to a health center that receives public funding, you can not be referred to abortion care, even if your life depends on it.

PPFA President Leana Wen described the rule as "unconscionable and unethical".

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Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), called the HHS rule "a responsible step toward our goal of totally separating taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry". A spokeswoman said it's premature to know how the new rule will affect the distribution.

However, several things have changed since that case was decided, Ferguson said, including new statutes passed by Congress that impose new requirements on the Title X program.

"So the challenge is, how do you serve low-income patients without any funding or assistance to do that?" said Kim Evert, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. When she was attorney general, Mills joined 18 other states in a lawsuit attempting to block the Title X changes.

"This community could not absorb the kind of patient volume that we're talking about".

About 91,000 patients in Washington state received care through the program in 2017. "Five patients, 10 patients", said Tricia Wilder, Bend's Regional Health Center Manager. "It would limit access to the most vulnerable population in Central Oregon".

Oregon's Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced February 22 that she would be filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for the rule changes.

"Patients should be able to make well-informed decisions based on complete, unbiased information about their health care options", Ferguson said in a statement Monday.

Other groups have threatened legal action against the gag rule.