A Trump administration "gag order" just proposed cutting millions from Planned Parenthood

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One of the major provisions of the new final rule is prohibiting the funds from being used "to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning", the Department of Health and Human Services stated in a press release.

A new Trump administration rule will cut off Planned Parenthood and other health providers that offer abortion services from hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding.

The Protect Life Rule will take effect in 60 days-and, once it does, organizations receiving Title X funds will have 120 days to financially separate family planning operations from abortion services.

"We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, about the policy, dubbed the Protect Life Rule.

The family planning rule published Friday is expected to result in a dramatic change in the type of information the women participating in Title X programs receive. Health and Human Services officials have said the change is necessary to ensure transparency and the legal and ethical use of taxpayer funds.

Known as Title X, the family-planning programme serves about four million women annually through independent clinics, many operated by Planned Parenthood affiliates.

The program now subsidizes health centers such as those run by the non-profit Planned Parenthood, which provides contraception, health screenings and abortions.

When the proposed rule change was first announced in May, the White House said only clinics with "a bright line of physical as well as financial separation" between Title X programs and those that support or refer for abortion would be eligible.

"The gag rule is unconscionable and unethical", Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement. All it means is that the providers who want Title X money can't provide abortion services.

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The new rule does not, however, prevent the "nondirective pregnancy counseling, including nondirective counseling on abortion", according to HHS.

President Trump and Republicans generally have been agitating the air in recent weeks about the tiny number of late-term abortions being protected under new state laws that protect this option in cases where the woman's life or health is at risk.

The anticipated ruling is predicted to cut $60 million from Planned Parenthood's coffers.

Regardless, when the new changes are implemented, Brogan said, it will alter the way many Mainers receive health care, and Maine Family Planning will likely be forced to confront how it chooses to offer services in the future.

"Planned Parenthood is proud to serve 41% of the 4 million people who rely on Title X health centers". Formally known as the Protect Life Rule, this resembles a similar "gag rule" that already applies to federal funds allocated to reproductive health organizations operating overseas.

Trump has also appointed well-known anti-abortion rights activists to key posts within federal departments dealing with women's health. Moreover, clinics will not be allowed to promote abortion as a family planning method.

"It is absolutely appropriate that the new Title X regulations take into account the difference between abortion and healthcare", March for Life President Jeanne Mancini said in a statement on Friday.

Katherine Ragsdale, the interim president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), said in a statement that "any attempt to reduce access to comprehensive reproductive health care simply to score political points with anti-abortion extremists is unacceptable".

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