Planned Parenthood pulls out of Title X over Trump administration abortion restrictions

While the Trump administration rule doesn't prohibit conversations about abortion, it does restrict Title X funding recipients from making referrals or telling a patient where to obtain the procedure. Its interim CEO argued Monday that the loss of Title X funds would cause many low-income women who depend on Planned Parenthood services to delay or go without care.

HHS said the rule requires "clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning".

Planned Parenthood is the country's largest abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood says it will no longer accept Title X funding so that it can continue to refer women for abortions.

Planned Parenthood announced Monday it will drop federal funding over the Trump administration's rule blocking the reproductive rights organization from talking to patients about abortion services.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has required all grantees to submit a plan by Monday detailing how they will comply with the new rules.

The WSJ reported that several states - Illinois, New York, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii - have also withdrawn from the program as a whole, and pledge to come up with new funding. "We can not ask our health care providers to violate their medical ethics and essentially lie to their patients", said Lucy Leriche, the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Planned Parenthood will lose $60 million in taxpayer funds because of its withdrawal from Title X, as Life News notes. "Figures from Planned Parenthood's 2017-18 annual report showed that the organization received about $500 million from Medicaid, the joint federal and state health care program for low income people". Although it is illegal to use federal funds to pay for abortions, Planned Parenthood makes - and will continue to make - recommendations for abortion referrals.

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"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.

Planned Parenthood plans to leave the family planning program before the administration's August 19 deadline for showing "good faith efforts" to comply with the new restrictions.

Clinic doctors are allowed to give their patients a list of healthcare providers that include those that perform abortions (but not the majority), and they can not indicate to patients which providers do so.

"We will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients", she added. "We must forcefully oppose this gag rule and work to ensure that every American has access to the health care they need".

Planned Parenthood is not alone. In June, the House voted in favor of protective language for the Title X program without the gag rule.

Like the Trump administration's other attacks on women's reproductive rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America wrote, the Title X rule "is about control". The letter expresses "deep regret" but says Planned Parenthood clinics "now have no option but to withdraw from the Title X program".

"As a primary care provider, I have a duty to provide unbiased information that allows the client to make an informed decision about their health", said Multnomah County's Deputy Nurse Practitioner Director Charlene Maxwell in the release.

Abortion rights activists are also pressing Congress to overturn the rule, though it seems unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate would take that step. "If a woman wants an abortion, our providers under Title X wouldn't even be allowed to give her a list of providers or identify which providers can perform abortions".

  • Sonia Alvarado