Abortion Clinics Face August 19 Deadline to Avoid Defunding under Trump Rule
The Trump administration on Friday gave Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers and family planning programs until Aug. 19 to announce if they will comply with a new rule that prohibits them from referring or promoting abortion under the federal Title X program.
Nearly $300 million in Title X money is at stake, including $60 million for Planned Parenthood. Title X is a family planning program which funds services such as cancer screenings, contraception and pregnancy tests for lower-income individuals.
The new rule prohibits Title X money from going to clinics that “perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning.”
Supporters call it the Protect Life Rule. Critics have dubbed it the “gag rule.”
The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that Title X recipients have until Aug. 19 to document their steps for complying with the rule. It will go into effect Sept. 18, as Christian Headlines previously reported.
Another part of the rule requires family planning clinics to physically and financially separate their abortion services from their non-abortion services. That section, though, won’t go into effect until March 4.
“If the grantee believes that it cannot meet the deadlines listed above, it must submit a request for an extension along with an explanation or documentation of the need for the extension,” HHS said.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had filed suit against the rule,
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