Trump proposes taking funds away from abortion providers


Women who seek abortions at Planned Parenthood or other providers must cover the cost of the procedure themselves unless their insurance plan covers it. Trump's proposed rule would strip funds used for birth control and STD testing from organizations like Planned Parenthood and roll back a requirement that providers who receive federal subsidies for family planning services offer women information about the full range of reproductive health options, including abortion.

The administration said Planned Parenthood and family planning services will not be defunded.

"It would basically impose new rules, from what we understand, that were created to make it impossible for patients to get birth control and other preventive services such as cancer screening, et cetera from our reproductive health care providers", Richards said.

It's a shame that the federal Title X family planning program has been co-mingled with abortion ever since President Bill Clinton issued regulations not only removing the wall of separation President Reagan issued, but even requiring groups to refer for abortion. The Guttmacher Institute reports that one in four US women will have an abortion by the age of 45, while up to 99 percent of USA women who have had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Opponents call it the "domestic gag rule" because it's similar to the "global gag rule", which prohibits American aid money from going to overseas organizations that provide or support abortions.

Some 90 percent of Planned Parenthood clinics report being able to provide emergency contraceptives, compared to 34 percent of federally qualified health clinics.

Planned Parenthood described the proposal as a "gag rule".

The Trump administration has positioned itself as a foe of legal abortion and both President Trump and Vice President Pence have spoken at the annual March For Life, an anti-abortion demonstration in Washington.

"It is taking away one of the most fundamental rights to your body and the right to health care and the right to choose whether and when to start a family".

From here, Planned Parenthood plans to fight this proposal though it's not yet clear what that fight will look like.

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The defense of abortion and reproductive rights is a social question that must be resolved in the arena of the class struggle. Through the grant, which also includes funding for Rhode Island Planned Parenthood offices, up to $2.5 million in funding was awarded this year.

The new policy would particularly effect low-income women without easy access to other affordable reproductive health facilities.

The Trump administration is planning to announce a new regulation.

Nationwide, Planned Parenthood receives 13 percent of the $286 million awarded through Title X grants in 2017, but serves 41 percent of the 4 million patients in the program, said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

So ends the fiction that Planned Parenthood doesn't use federal money for abortions.

The Health and Human Services Department sent its proposal to rewrite the rules to the White House, setting in motion a regulatory process that could take months. He has appointed judges with a history of opposition to abortion to federal appellate courts, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Executive director Laura McQuade said that she is in conversation with leaders in Albany to make up the difference in federal funds.

Next week, Trump is the keynote speaker at Tuesday's "Campaign for Life Gala," by the Susan B. Anthony List, a leading anti-abortion group whose president, Marjorie Dannenfelser, said he is governing as "the most pro-life president in our nation's history".

"Americans won't stand for this", said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, the largest supporter of female candidates and a fund-raiser for Democratic women who support abortion rights. "This "gag rule" is not only unconscionable, but it undermines medical ethics by forcing health care professionals to withhold accurate and timely medical information from patients", Jenn Conti, M.D, a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement.