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New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

23 May 2018

Title X funds organizations offering family planning services, such as birth control and pregnancy tests, to low-income women and men, but has always been criticized by conservatives for its relationship with Planned Parenthood and its treatment of abortion.

The administration says counseling about an abortion would be OK, but referrals would not.

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said the new rule took a "scorched earth" approach to banning abortion that would limit access to other critical healthcare services.

If this sounds familiar, it's because Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made precisely the same suggestion to then-Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards after they requested a meeting with her to discuss federal funding for the organization, as she recalled in her recent memoir. This is the second time Trump has taken steps to revoke taxpayer funding for the nation's biggest abortion business - after yanking taxpayer from from International Planned Parenthood during his first week in office.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. Clinics receiving Title X funds also would be required to keep records of "specific actions taken" to encourage family participation in a minor seeking family planning services unless it's suspected that the minor is a victim of sexual abuse.

The poll on the "Protect Life Rule" was conducted by McLaughlin & Associates. "I think the same thing is happening with the Planned Parenthood clinics". This includes the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which received tax dollars under the Obama administration. "No matter what. They won't get it under this rule", Languens explains.

Laguens asserts that Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for reproductive justice: "Planned Parenthood will not stop fighting for our patients".

"In a conservative political state, Planned Parenthood is not going to be able to build the same grassroots structure that has out-worked them politically and legislatively for decades", she said.

In defunding Planned Parenthood alone, Republicans took away preventative care, reproductive services and maternity coverage that almost 15,000 Iowans relied on.

The United States spends about $260 million in Title X funds annually for family planning for low-income individuals, and Planned Parenthood is a huge recipient of those funds, as much as $50-$60 million annually.

The proposal, which was originally expected to come on Friday, was released on Tuesday in advance of the Susan B. Anthony List's Campaign for Life Gala, at which Donald Trump will deliver the keynote address.

The restrictions are just the latest anti-abortion issue tackled by Trump, whom advocates often describe as the most "pro-life president in history".

The proposal comes amid strong pleas from grassroots Americans and members of Congress to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Messengers to the 2017 SBC meeting adopted a resolution calling for defunding of Planned Parenthood at all levels of government and denouncing the organization's "immoral agenda and practices".

Other undercover investigations by pro-life organizations in the last several years have shown Planned Parenthood employees demonstrating a willingness to aid self-professed sex traffickers whose prostitutes supposedly were in their early teens, seeking to hide alleged child sex abuse and agreeing to receive donations designated for abortions of African American babies.

Currently, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a two-state affiliate overseen by a leadership team in Iowa. Similar regulations were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan (500 USA 173).

New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds