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Planned Parenthood Slams White House On Proposed 'Gag Rule'

Planned Parenthood Slams White House On Proposed 'Gag Rule'

WASHINGTON-The Trump administration will move ahead with restrictions on funding access for family planning providers that offer abortion services, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

It is irresponsible that in a state with a maternal mortality rate four times worse than the national average, the government is willing to take away care women desperately need to stay healthy.

Dannenfelser, whose group works to elect candidates who want to reduce and ultimately end abortion, is planning to raise and spend $25 million this cycle, up from the $18 million the group spent in the lead-up to the 2016 elections.

Advocates for reproductive rights raise alarm that the move would usher in a "gag rule" that would prohibit doctors from speaking openly with their patients, for fear of tiptoeing near the topic of abortion. They would be "gagged" from even telling patients that abortion is an option, more or less where they could receive the care for one or what that would entail.

The then-businessman said in 1999 that while he hated the "concept of abortion", he was "pro-choice". (Planned Parenthood serves the majority of clients who use publicly supported contraceptive services in about 8 percent of the United States' 3,141 counties.) If they can not get access to contraception, they will be more likely to have unwanted pregnancies. "However, people who rely on government initiatives like Title X-many of whom are uninsured, have low incomes, or are people of color-would not".

Since taking office, Trump has made several policy changes making good on his campaign trail promises. Guttmacher projected that federally qualified health centers would have to take on about 2 million extra patients across the country for contraceptive services even though only 6 in 10 clinics served at least 10 people seeking this care in 2015. The policy would require a "bright line" of physical as well as financial separation between these entities' family-planning programs and any program that provides or supports abortion.

Planned Parenthood, which runs 12 clinics in the state, is the only current recipient of the grant money in the state.

Congress previous year failed to wipe out funding for Planned Parenthood, because the bill faced overwhelming Democratic objections and would not have received the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate. To help low-income women afford the service, Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers use only private funding.

Planned Parenthood and other Title X grantees, bent on continuing to misuse tax dollars this way, filed suit claiming the Reagan regulations were unconstitutional. Two-thirds have incomes at or below the federal poverty level, and almost half are uninsured. And now the Trump administration is steering the program itself in the wrong direction.

The president also urged the Senate to approve House-passed legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

The Mississippi law was later blocked. After almost 50 years, the Trump administration will finally protect taxpayers from promoting abortion through Title X. NY legalized abortion that year, three years before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on the procedure. For many, the providers they see through the Title X program are their primary source of health care. Meanwhile, more than 200 congressional members sent a May 15 letter opposing such a rule.

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