No More Planned Parenting
Trump's Domestic Gag Rule Can Go Into Effect
The Trump administration can deny critical federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other family planning organizations that also provide abortions or referrals for them, a federal court ruled Thursday.
Abortion rights advocates fear that could mean thousands of Americans with low incomes will lose access to reproductive health care, and already, Planned Parenthood has said it plans to fight the ruling. Abortion rights groups can also still challenge the ruling in other circuit courts.
the Title X rules finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services in February of this year go beyond just banning abortion referrals for groups that receive federal family-planning funds. It also opens the program’s funding to pregnancy crisis clinics and faith-based organizations, and is a clear effort to direct federal funds away from clinics like Planned Parenthood and towards anti-abortion, anti-contraception groups.
Clinics will be forced to stop providing abortion services, which they will have to do because they can't survive without that funding, or drop out of the program. And that will make it nearly impossible for thousands of women, especially in lower-income, scarcely populated areas, to get any care at all.
For large swaths of rural America, the ramifications could be severe. In Maine, for example, 85% of the state's abortion clinics would be forced to shutter, according to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Reproductive Rights. Currently, Maine Family Planning, the state's largest reproductive health care group and the only organization that received Title X money, has 18 clinics across the state.
The new law would reduce that number to one, leaving close to 24,000 people with only a single facility to turn to for reproductive health care.