Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Trump administration to ban abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded clinics

Trump administration to ban abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded clinics

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Trump's new "gag rule" will take effect 60 days after it is published in the federal register.

The changes block doctors and nurses at health care facilities that receive Title X funds from discussing abortion as a viable option with pregnant patients, or making referrals to abortion providers. Each year, roughly $2 million in federal funds are given to the organization for health care services.

"The new Title X regulations are a win-win for all Americans", Mancini said. "Those services should be separate and even have separate facilities". A statement from HHS read, "The final rule ensures compliance with statutory program integrity provisions governing the program and, in particular, the statutory prohibition on funding programs where abortion is a method of family planning. It's unconscionable and unethical for politicians to restrict doctors like me from speaking honestly to our patients".

Known as Title X, the family-planning program serves about 4 million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates, which serve about 40 percent of all clients.

The updated rule does not prohibit clinics from counseling on abortion, but it eliminates the requirement that federally funded providers offer abortion counseling and referral.

"We're not going to compromise our medical ethics", says Nicole Clegg, a spokesperson with Planned Parenthood Northern New England.

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"We will have to weigh that against our mission and obligation to make sure those services are available", said Kate Brogan, vice president for public affairs for Maine Family Planning, which is considering suing the Trump administration over the change.

Last month, a U.S. judge in California blocked a Trump administration birth control coverage rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, DC.

"Birth control is a time-sensitive service, and it's an essential health care service", Rabinovitz said.

It doesn't mean that poor women can't get birth control. "We will fight this rule with everything we have", Wen warned. Last year, 187 health-care centers receiving Title X funds served more than 310,000 New Yorkers, the organization said.

The move is likely to have support from President Trump's conservative base, while enraging pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood. The Trump administration's announcement, which followed a rule proposed June 1, 2018, is expected to be challenged in court by states and affected groups. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), tweeted, "In yet another attack on women's right to access reproductive health care, this administration just banned Title X health care providers from referring patients for abortion services". "This nation has a cruel tradition of exploiting black and brown bodies, especially women's bodies, and this rule fits snugly within that tradition", said Susan Berke Fogel, director of reproductive health at the National Health Law Program.

So right now it is illegal in most cases for federal funding to pay for abortion, but this takes that a step further. Recipients of grants under the Title X program, which serves mostly low-income women, were already prohibited from performing abortions with those funds.

But abortion foes have been pushing hard for the changes. How are they responding now? Now a new rule makes organizations that provide or refer parents - patients for abortion ineligible for the program. He's with the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Today's broad-based move against abortion and family planning services is more illustrative of the comprehensively restrictive intentions of this administration and its party.

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