Trump Administration Move To Withdraw Family Planning Grants Would Impact 1M Low-Income Californians
The Trump administration's proposal meets a key conservative goal: to withhold some federal funding for Planned Parenthood. The proposed rules would require facilities receiving Title X grants to be physically separate from those that perform abortion; would eliminate the requirement that women with unintended pregnancies be counseled on a full range of reproductive options; and would ban abortion referrals.
San Francisco Chronicle:
1 Million Low-Income Californians Could Be Hurt By Trump Family Planning Rules
More than 1 million low-income Californians could see new barriers to reproductive care under a proposal that the Department of Health and Human Services sent to the White House Friday. The proposed rule would strip federal funding from family planning clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to places that do. (Thadani, 5/18)
Trump Proposes Cutting Planned Parenthood Funds. What Does That Mean?
The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan’s presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program’s 4 million patients. Congress last year failed to wipe out funding for Planned Parenthood, because the bill faced overwhelming Democratic objections and would not have received the 60 votes needed to pass in the Senate. (Rovner, 5/18)
The Wall Street Journal:
Clinics That Provide On-Site Abortions Stand To Lose Millions Under New Plan
Health centers and programs that provide on-site abortions, or refer women for the procedure, could lose millions of dollars in federal family-planning funds under a new plan advanced by the Trump administration Friday. The proposal targets grants given out under a program known as Title X. The agency would require a separation—both financial and physical—between the grants and any facility or program where abortions are performed, supported or referred as a method of family planning. (Armour, 5/18)
The Associated Press:
Trump Thrusts Abortion Fight Into Crucial Midterm Elections
The Trump administration acted Friday to bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, energizing its conservative political base ahead of crucial midterm elections while setting the stage for new legal battles. The Health and Human Services Department sent its proposal to rewrite the rules to the White House, setting in motion a regulatory process that could take months. Scant on details, an administration overview of the plan said it would echo a Reagan-era rule by banning abortion referrals by federally funded clinics and forbidding them from locating in facilities that also provide abortions. (Alonso-Zaldivar and Colvin, 5/18)