Planned Parenthood of Utah sues against Trump policy

Daniel Fowler
May 3, 2018

Three Planned Parenthood entities filed a suit in a federal district court Wednesday against the Trump-Pence administration saying the administration is trying to illegally change the Title X initiative. Rather than using contraception like a condom, this method tracks a woman's menstrual periods to determine when she is most likely to conceive. The suits also contended that the policy was adopted without going through the proper process required for changing federal regulations. Previous CLI research has found that Planned Parenthood controls more than 35 percent of the national market for abortions and is not a significant provider of medical care in the United States.

Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins said the lawsuits are a sign that "Planned Parenthood and abortion vendors seem terrified that people will discover just how easy it will be to live a healthy life without them".

In a letter sent earlier this week, national anti-abortion groups urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to "disentangle abortion centers from the Title X network".

"People make many medical choices that don't include Planned Parenthood, and the Trump Administration is to be commended for attempting to redirect Title X dollars away from abortion vendors", she explained.

New research by CLI Vice President and Director of Data Analytics James Studnicki, Sc.D. and by John Fisher, Ph.D., J.D., published online in the peer-reviewed Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds evidence that Planned Parenthood has inflated the abortion rate in the United States, despite a significant overall decline in US abortions for the last 30 years.

The suite was filed by the Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. The organization says that roughly 36,000 people use its services each year. "For comparison, that's now more than twice the size of the National Rifle Association", she said, to cheers in the room.

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"In over 70 percent of the counties we serve there is already a shortage of health care providers", Atkinson said. The actress was honored by Planned Parenthood of New York City at Tuesday night's gala.

Christy Miceli, a 39-year-old small business owner from Hartford, told reporters Planned Parenthood and the Title X program saved her life when she was uninsured in her 20s.

At age 24, after her pap smear showed abnormal results, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Former Planned Parenthood president and CEO Cecile Richards testified in 2015 before the House Oversight Committee that "abortion is health care".

"I can't have children, but because of Planned Parenthood and Title X, I am alive", Miceli said.

Four counties are listed in the lawsuit - Lake, Marion, Monroe, and Tippecanoe - because there are Planned Parenthood abortion clinics in each. If DHS were to receive the grant funds, it could not distribute them to an organization that provides abortion services.

Andrea Picciotti-Bayer, legal advisor with the Catholic Association, described Planned Parenthood's lawsuit against the Trump administration as "hypocrisy" that "knows no bounds".

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