'Gag rule' would hurt poor women's health care

Clay Curtis
May 23, 2018

Since taking office, Trump has made several policy changes making good on his campaign trail promises.

Women should be informed of all their options when they seek reproductive health care, including their ability to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy websites] filed suit earlier this month challenging the proposed cut to Title X funding.

After a mandatory 60-day public comment period, organizations that accept Title X funding will have 60 additional days to comply by separating their finances into abortion-related funds and non-abortion funds. This has been the case for more than 40 years.

Forcing Planned Parenthood to separate its facilities that provide abortions from locations that provide other women's health services would inevitably result in withholding vital health services to millions of women.

"For many women, this would effectively ban safe legal abortion altogether because they can't afford the cost of time off work, childcare and travel over multiple days", Krasnoff said. President Trump was set to give a speech about them Tuesday night at a pro-life fundraiser.

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Under current law and regulations, Title X grants can not be used directly for abortion services and grant recipients are prohibited from providing abortion as a method of family planning. "The Trump-Pence Administration is once again attempting to undermine access to care for women and LGBTQ people, putting lives at risk".

The rule does not prohibit abortion counseling. But since they don't, they are using federal health care financing to weaken Planned Parenthood's advocacy for women's reproductive rights, and to intimidate doctors and other health care providers.

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The Trump administration announced [press release] its support on Friday to move forward with the proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website] that would ban Planned Parenthood and similar organizations from receiving federal family planning funds that they now receive through Title X [text, PDF]. The resounding backlash from abortion-rights groups has been, predictably, both vicious and deceptive. A wide range of community health centers and hospitals across the city and state also received funds through the program, although they don't necessarily perform abortions.

"This is a critical point to make because the facts are clear: without abortion, there would be no Planned Parenthood", he said in a written statement. Any organization that wishes to continue to draw Title X funding would essentially have to divide into two organizations: one that provides abortion services or offers abortion referrals, which would have to rely on private funding, and one that provides other women's health care services and can receive federal funds. The new regulation is a good start. "It's something targeted specifically at Planned Parenthood, but its impact is on the provision of services across the state".

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