Trump administration moves forward with proposed restriction on funding for abortion providers

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood

Last week, the Trump administration announced a proposal to defund Title X, a federal program founded in 1970 that provides funding for preventative health services and family planning at clinics across the country.

These actions are clearly meant to effectively dismantle the Title X program, which for more than 45 years has ensured access to affordable reproductive health care to low-income patients who would otherwise go without.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the Trump administration "works overtime to find ways to undermine women's access to health care". The Trump proposal will not institute a "gag rule" in the United States that would prohibit talking to clients about abortion, which reproductive rights advocates had feared. Meanwhile, more than 200 congressional members sent a May 15 letter opposing such a rule.

The policy "would ensure that taxpayers do not indirectly fund abortions", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

No group has been more loyal, politically, to President Donald Trump than pro-life evangelical Christians, and he is being loyal to them.

Tuesday night, Trump is scheduled to speak at the Susan B. Anthony List's "campaign for life" gala. And unwanted pregnancies often end in abortion.

Although numerous abortion restrictions passed at the state level this year are tied up in district courts, conservative advocates of the rule are not concerned about potential legal delays because the Reagan rule withstood a Supreme Court challenge (although President Bill Clinton repealed the rule before it ever had a chance to go into effect).

Nicole Clegg, vice president of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, says activists are gearing up for a fight.

The Trump administration's proposal meets a key conservative goal: to withhold some federal funding for Planned Parenthood. They get $500 million a year in taxpayer money and then they turn around and donate money to the Democrats.

Although abortion is politically divisive, the US abortion rate has dropped significantly, from about 29 per 1,000 women of reproductive age in 1980 to about 15 in 2014.

Abortion remains legal, but federal family planning funds can not be used to pay for the procedure. The Trump Administration has every right to require that Title X programs focus on healthcare, not abortion, and to keep such programs aimed at helping women make a plan for a family outside of the facilities created to making sure women don't have a family at all. "We... just don't think taxpayers should have to pay for that". "That should alarm anyone who ever wanted to know the facts about their own healthcare or feel the doctor-patient relationship is sacred and should be protected", she said.

Planned Parenthood's Laguens hinted at legal action, saying, "we will not stand by while our basic health care and rights are stripped away".

The Department of Health and Human Services unveiled proposed regulations that would reshape Title X - the federal government's only program exclusively dedicated to family planning services for low-income women and men.

"I can not imagine a scenario in which public health groups would allow this effort to go unchallenged", Marcella said.

"From our part of view, if it prevents funds from going to clinics that provide abortion, that in and of itself is a gag", Leriche said.

Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated exclusively to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.

Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said, "Abortion is not health care or birth control and many women want natural health care choices, rather than hormone-induced changes".

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that the administration is recognizing "that abortion is not family planning".