'The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime...'(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump finalized the Protect Life Rule on Friday, which redirects government funding away from health centers that provide abortions-partially defunding abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood has said the administration appears to be targeting them, and calls the policy a "gag rule".
Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a "gag rule", and launched a full campaign to block it. Last year, more than four million people relied on Title X for health care services, 41 percent of which received services at Planned Parenthood, according to a the health clinic.
And Friday's new Title X rule marks a significant step toward that goal.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, an organization that could be most affected by the new HHS rule responded on Friday, "The administration has put health care providers like Planned Parenthood in an impossible position: withhold information from patients or get pushed out of a program created to ensure that people struggling to make ends meet can still access birth control, STI testing, cancer screenings, and other essential reproductive health care". Recipients of grants under the Title X program, which serves mostly low-income women, were already prohibited from performing abortions with those funds.
Abortion-rights supporters have criticized the regulation as a "gag rule" that will prevent doctors from speaking openly with pregnant women about options including abortion. "The Title X program was not meant to be a slush fund for abortion businesses". Health and Human Services officials have said the change is necessary to ensure transparency and the legal and ethical use of taxpayer funds. Reproductive health care should be no different'.
The rule advances President Trump's promise to stop taxpayer funding of abortion businesses and comes as no surprise after Trump's February 5 remarks at the State of the Union Address: "Let us reaffirm a fundamental truth - all children, born and unborn, are made in the holy image of God".
'Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin, ' she said.
Anti-abortion-rights activists have long called on lawmakers to "defund Planned Parenthood". Clinics will have 120 days to comply with the requirement that family planning and abortion services are kept financially separated and a year to comply with the physical separation requirement.
Federal law bans the use of taxpayer money for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest or when a pregnanat mother's life is in danger. Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients. If the rule is fully implemented, clinics will have a year to physically separate Title X services from facilities that perform abortions or provide abortion referrals. In November, HHS, issued a funding opportunity announcement for Title X that elevates natural family planning and abstinence counseling as program priorities.
Pro-life groups, such as the March for Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, praised the move Friday.
She also accused "the Trump-Pence administration" of carrying out "an attack on poor women and people of color" with the Title X rule.
"Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite", Perkins said.
Katherine Ragsdale, the interim president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), said in a statement that "any attempt to reduce access to comprehensive reproductive health care simply to score political points with anti-abortion extremists is unacceptable".