Planned Parenthood will be foregoingas much as $60 million annually from a federal family planning program that will carry new anti-abortion rules.
“Planned Parenthood is still open. We are continuing to fight this rule in court,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president of Planned Parenthood,said in a call with reporters Monday. She said the organization would do everything it could to make sure that clinics could stay open.
The Trump administration is giving healthcare providers until midnight to comply with a new rule that says organizations that accept federal family planning grants cannot directly provide patients with an abortion referral. Critics of the rule call it a “gag rule” because they say the government is forcing them to keep information from patients.
“We do consider ourselves being forced out of the Title X program because we cannot comply with the gag rule,” McGill Johnson said, calling the rule “dangerous” and “unethical.”
Many on the right questioned during the campaign whether Donald Trump would govern as an actual populist conservative.
The influence of Jared and Ivanka appears to have been minimal. Whatever he once was during years past as a businessman in New York City, he seems to be a genuine conservative at this point, and certainly a more conservative president than either of the Bushes.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning clinics to be housed in separate buildings from abortion clinics, a move that would cut off Planned Parenthood from some federal funding.
The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.
Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X. The rule is likely to be challenged in federal court.
Here’s a great video mashup of the best moments from today’s testimony before the House Oversight Committee by Planned Parenthood President Cecille Richards. Put together by our fantastic staff at LifeZette’s PoliZette, where I am the political editor.
As one of our wags in the office mentioned, shouldn’t it actually be called Unplanned Parenthood?