Published: Fri, March 01, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Funds threat won't end Planned Parenthood abortion referrals

Funds threat won't end Planned Parenthood abortion referrals

On Friday, the Trump administration released a final draft of rules for the Title X program, which supports birth control, cancer screenings and other medical needs for some 4 million low-income women and families nationwide, including almost 100,000 in the Garden State.

Since the start of his presidency, President Trump has put women's health in the crosshairs with his moves to withhold family planning funds from centers that also provide abortion services.

The archbishop, who chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, made the comments in a statement released in Washington.

"It's women of color and families that utilize Title X services the most", Evert said.

Ferguson said he will be seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the rule from taking effect until the case - which he said he expects to win - is decided.

Planned Parenthood, which provides a range of services, serves about 40 percent of those patients.

Planned Parenthood received almost $2.5 million from Title X from September 2018 through March 2019, according to the government.

In fact, - which do not provide abortions - provide more comprehensive health care services than those offered by Planned Parenthood.

Critics said that the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and near impossible for clinics to implement.

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Another provision that drew praise from Archbishop Naumann is its prohibition on referrals for abortion as a method of family planning.

The providers will still be able to perform abortions, but would have to do so in separate facilities and abide by the requirement that they not refer patients to those facilities.

While federal law already bars the money from being used for abortion services, the regulatory changes outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services last week are created to strengthen this barrier through physical and operational changes at facilities that receive Title X funding.

Ferguson, who has filed almost three dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration, including over the travel ban, said he would file the challenge in federal court in Spokane, in eastern Washington, after the policy is made official with its publication in the federal register.

"The gag rule is unacceptable", says Vicki Cowart, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, in an emailed statement.

"We're grateful for whatever funds are re-directed away from Planned Parenthood because we not believe that taxpayer funds should go to organizations that offer services that many millions of Americans don't support, as in abortions", she said Tuesday.

Critics of the rule say it targets Planned Parenthood.

The judge denied an attempt from Planned Parenthood to resume being allowed to perform abortions at its Columbia, Missouri location, according to court records from February 22. Rosenblum was among 19 attorneys general who wrote a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the gag rule in May 2018.

Until a court weighs in, it's unclear whether, and how soon, the regulation will affect current Title X networks. "It's unethical and defies the oath I took to take care of my patients". By law, the family planning program does not pay for abortions.

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