Planned Parenthood Rejects Title X Funding

Planned Parenthood Rejects Title X Funding”

The call to "de-fund Planned Parenthood" has always been a rallying cry on the right.

This move by the Trump Administration not only protects taxpayers, but forced Planned Parenthood, an organization that claims to champion women's health, to choose between abortion and healthcare.

"We refuse to withhold crucial information from our patients and believe they should be able to make their own decisions about what is best for their lives, health and families", Martinez told the Outpost.

Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, said such a restriction is a "gag rule" because it prevents doctors from providing information a woman would need for legal medical care. PPAU will probably have to lean more heavily on its donors and seek insurance reimbursement from clients who have health coverage, she said.

The announcement was the latest salvo in a long-running battle between the nationwide organization known for providing affordable health care for low-income women, including abortion, and conservatives who say more should be done to prevent taxpayer dollars from going to any groups that provide abortion services, even if that money is restricted to unrelated services.

The announcement follows a letter submitted by Planned Parenthood last week to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Others on the call stressed that people of color will be disproportionately affected by the lack of Title X providers, and called on the Senate to adopt government spending legislation passed the House blocking the administration from implementing the rule. And governors of five other states - Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon and Washington - have said they would do the same. "So we won't use the federal funds to reimburse our sub-grantee, who is Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, for these services".

The Department of Health and Human Services rule would prohibit taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with patients or referring patients to abortion providers.

The decision by Planned Parenthood - which gets about $60 million in funding and is the program's largest grantee - is the latest in a years-long battle between abortion rights supporters and Republicans, who have advocated to eliminate all federal funding for abortion providers and to "defund" Planned Parenthood.

"We aren't throwing in the towel & we won't give up on our patients", Planned Parenthood wrote.

Planned Parenthood is not alone. "So this isn't a surprise to them". Because of the gag rule, Planned Parenthood says it can not remain in a program in which it's participated for decades. Maine's sole Title X grantee, Maine Family Planning, is also withdrawing.

"This is risky and unethical, which is why we are withdrawing from the program". "This is another clear sign that President Trump and his administration would rather bow to anti-abortion extremists than ensure that people in America have access to quality healthcare".

Abortion has remained one of the most contentious issues in U.S. politics since the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision affirming a woman's constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy.

"Today is the tipping point". Some of those groups do not provide a full range of contraceptive services. More than 6,000 friends and neighbors in our Congressional District now risk being denied access to critical health care needs. The Trump administration's gag rule reflects a pervasive and cruel series of attempts to roll back decades of progress for reproductive rights. "The Title X program has been the nation's only dedicated program for reproductive health care and affordable birth control for more than 50 years, and Planned Parenthood health centers have been proud to be Title X providers".

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