Trump Administration Would Cut Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood with New Proposal

By Leonard, Kimberly | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, May 18, 2018 | Go to article overview

Trump Administration Would Cut Federal Funding to Planned Parenthood with New Proposal


Leonard, Kimberly, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The Trump administration is filing a request Friday to block facilities from receiving federal dollars for family planning if they are housed in the same facility as a clinic that provides abortions.

The intent of the proposal is to shift federal funds from Planned Parenthood, a Republican and Trump administration foe, and instead to community and rural health centers, or otherwise pressure Planned Parenthood to no longer provide abortions.

The $286 million in funds, known as Title X, would also be cut from clinics or programs that support abortion or refer patients to where they can get one for the purpose of family planning, rather than in cases where a pregnancy would endanger women's lives or health, or when it's the result of rape or incest.

The proposal is likely to be challenged in court. Planned Parenthood blasted the administration for its actions, which it had been anticipating and fighting against with Democrats in Congress.

“Everyone has the right to information about their healthcare — including information about safe, legal abortion, and every woman deserves the best medical care and information, no matter how much money she makes or where she lives. No matter what," said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "They won’t get it under this rule."

The proposal, which is being filed with the Office of Management and Budget, is based off a policy from when Ronald Reagan was president. An administration official denied that the proposal would contain a "gag rule" preventing doctors from counseling women about abortion, as several news reports have stated, though acknowledged that the rule would no longer contain a mandate that clinics must counsel and refer for abortion.

"Donald Trump ran as a pro-life candidate, and has governed as a pro-life president — another promise made and kept," a Trump administration official said. …

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