Trump Tries Restricting Abortion by Other Means

The Trump Administration Just Took a Big Step Toward Defunding Planned Parenthood

In design and intent the plan recalls the efforts by conservative legislators in Texas and elsewhere to bury abortion providers in an avalanche of regulations with the goal of forcing providers to close.

"The Protect Life Rule is about choice", Smith said in a written release. 12% were undecided. The poll surveyed 1,000 likely general election voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/-3.1%. The proposed rule would strip federal funding from family planning clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to places that do.

This is another campaign promise made and kept by President Trump to end the flow of federal tax dollars to the largest abortion provider in the nation.

Until then, Congress and the administration should continue to pursue policies like this proposed rule that ensure taxpayer dollars are not spent on abortion. Planned Parenthood's clinics would lose all of their family planning reimbursements because the organization also provides abortions, which are paid for with nongovernment funds.

For almost 20 years, the law was interpreted to allow Title X tax dollars to pay for abortion counseling and referrals.The Reagan administration drafted regulations to change all of this. One reason for the decline is the widespread use of contraceptives, which would be undermined by this assault on Title X funding.

But the imposition of a slightly retooled version of a regulation, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 after a five-year fight, could potentially accomplish what Congress could not.

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On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a change in the way Title X family-planning funds are distributed, stripping federal funding from women's health clinics that either provide abortions or refer patients to abortion providers.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a written statement. Abortion is its primary focus, and it already is threatening a lawsuit to stop the defunding.

"The Trump administration's new rule would kneecap Title X - a program 4 million Americans each year rely on for affordable birth control and reproductive health care - threatening the health of millions of women and their families across the country", he said. This is a direct attack on free speech and health care, which women have a constitutional right to receive. Other proposals within the rule would let people whose employer-sponsored insurance plans don't cover contraception due to their employer's religious beliefs receive coverage under Title X. They home in on issues of sex trafficking, child abuse, molestation, incest, rape and domestic violence by mandating annual training for grantee clinics and setting up "site-specific protocol" to protect victims. We cannot let low-income women get sick or die because they can't get access to basic health care that they need. Claire McCaskill, one of the Senate's most vulnerable incumbents, as well as in IN and North Dakota, where Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer is challenging Democratic Sen.

The proposed rule would also tighten reporting requirements for Title X grantees.

Tragically, the Reagan regulations were not reinstated by the George W. Bush administration and taxpayer money continued to flow to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood. Soon after Trump took office, he signed the Mexico City Policy to prevent the funding of groups that promote or perform abortions overseas. If Planned Parenthood is no longer eligible to the accept the money, it would not affect the amount the state receives.

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