The Trump Administration wants to pull federal funding from family clinics that offer abortion referrals
Another day, another awful step towards restricting women’s reproductive rights. The Trump Administration announced on Friday that family clinics can no longer offer abortion referrals if they would still like to receive federal funding. This new rule would completely revamp the Title X family planning program, which supports 4 million people every year.
Under the new rule, clinics that offer abortion referrals will no longer receive crucial federal funding for STD prevention, cancer screenings, and contraception, NPR reported. The rule is also inching one step closer to defunding Planned Parenthood. The Trump Administration’s revamping of Title X means that any Planned Parenthood that accepts federal funding from Title X will not be allowed to perform abortions or making abortion referrals.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 22, 2019
Clinics will still be allowed to offer contraceptives but can partner with faith-based providers that preach abstinence. Basically, through this new plan, doctors won’t be able to have important conversations with their patients about all of their options. Health care providers are speaking out against this new rule and explaining that the Trump Administration is stripping patients of their fundamental rights.
“This rule compromises the oath that I took to serve patients and help them with making the best decision for their own health. Patients expect their doctors to speak honestly with them, to answer their questions, to help them in their time of need,” Dr. Leana Wen, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin. It would never happen. Reproductive health care should be no different.”
There’s also the major issue that Title X offers care and support to low-income patients, the majority of whom are women. This new rule could effect their reproductive health and limit their options.
“This rule intentionally strikes at the heart of the patient-provider relationship, inserting political ideology into a family planning visit, which will frustrate and ultimately discourage patients from seeking the health care they need,” Clare Coleman, president and CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, explained in a statement. “This clear attack on family planning care could result in lower-quality care or none at all for people struggling to make ends meet.”
The Trump Administration’s revision of Title X will go into effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. In the meantime, the fight has commenced. While some Republicans in Congress were celebrating this new rule (Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called it a “significant step forward”), Democrats are rolling up their sleeves and preparing to push back.
The Trump administration has repeatedly attacked access to reproductive health care for millions. By forcing providers like Planned Parenthood out of federal funding, this new #TitleX rule could hurt anyone who can’t afford the rising costs of care.
— Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (@gillibrandny) February 22, 2019
Let's call this for what it is: a vicious, politically motivated assault on American women. Period. Full Stop. https://t.co/BoBC4wUiCY
— House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats) February 22, 2019
This draft rule is an outrageous assault on women’s health. Seeking to defund Planned Parenthood will deny millions of women access to vital care, like contraception and cancer screenings. Should this draft rule be finalized, Congress should move to undo it. https://t.co/LfZbNA1T7Q
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 22, 2019
I stand in opposition to the Trump administration’s unethical gag rule, which makes it impossible for health care providers, like Planned Parenthood, to give their patients the best care possible. #NoGagRule #ProtectTitleX https://t.co/H3QI6XrlxE
— David E. Price (@RepDavidEPrice) February 22, 2019
“Stopping this is going to be the priority,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said. “We have lived through two years of constant attacks on so many aspects of women’s health and economic security — on Planned Parenthood, Title X, the [Affordable Care Act]. Now that we have a Democratic House, we have a much better break on it.”