Pritzker backs Planned Parenthood in pulling out of federal Title X program

Wednesday, 21 Aug, 2019

Levine said such a restriction of patient's access to information about abortions would disrupt the state's network of health services and providers' obligation to give patients the range of options. Nita Lowey of NY and Rosa DeLauro of CT saying in a joint statement that it "undermines the very objective of the Title X program, which is to allow millions of women and men to access basic family planning services".

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah will no longer provide some birth control, STD or cancer screenings rather than submit to a new rule regarding abortion referrals.

Planned Parenthood has withdrawn from a federal program that would have given them $60 million because of a new Trump administration rule prohibiting abortion referrals for patients. They have been campaigning relentlessly to "defund Planned Parenthood" because - among its varied services - it is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and they viewed the Title X grants as an indirect subsidy.

The rule was also meant to help Trump fulfil his 2016 campaign pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood, a longstanding goal shared by many Republicans in Congress. "When you have an unethical rule that will limit what providers can tell our patients, it becomes really important that we not agree to be in the program..." Planned Parenthood says it has served about 40% of patients, many of them African American and Hispanic.

Planned Parenthood was planning to dip into emergency funds and money set aside by fundraisers to replace the almost $1 million in Title X funding they get each year.

Planned Parenthood, along with other health organizations and about 20 states, continue to challenge the gag rule in court. Family planning funds can not be used to pay for abortions.

"So there is a total of about $800,000 that has been sitting in a contingency fund that can be utilized and it will go from July 1st of this year through for a year after", Vt.

Attorney General Keith Ellison said in March that the affected programs, including Planned Parenthood, served more than 55,000 Minnesotans in 2017.

Trump introduced the rule, which bans taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with patients or referring them to abortion clinics, in 2018.

The administration "is trying to force us to keep information from our patients".

The rule largely restored one that had been created in 1988 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, only to be suspended by the Clinton administration in 1993.

The organization has been under fire from the president since he took office.

She went on, "The impact of the Trump administration's gag rule will reverberate across the country".

Martinez said the local Planned Parenthood center in Eureka should not see any changes to the services they offer - neither should the 17 other centers in the Northern California region - but centers nationwide could experience some cuts to services.

Marie Tasy, executive director for New Jersey Right to Life, said Planned Parenthood's announcement "demonstrates how committed they are to their abortion business". "We will do everything we can to make sure our patients don't lose care", Galloway said in the prepared statement. "This separation will ensure adherence to statutory restrictions, and provide needed clarity for the public and for Title X clinics about permissible and impermissible activities for Title X projects". "Planned Parenthood's decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare".

Like the Trump administration's other attacks on women's reproductive rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America wrote, the Title X rule "is about control".