Planned Parenthood Closes 2 Ohio Clinics due to Trump Pro-Life Rule
Planned Parenthood will close two of its clinics in Cincinnati later this month due to a new Trump administration pro-life rule that led the organization to opt of federal funding.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio said Monday the two clinics – Springdale Health Center and Western Hills Health Center – will close Sept. 20. Although neither clinic performed abortions, they referred patients to a nearby Planned Parenthood clinic that did perform abortions.
The closures come after the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services began enforcing a new rule that prevents family planning clinics receiving Title X money from promoting or referring for abortion. Planned Parenthood Federation of America chose to opt of the program rather than abide by the rule, which it calls the “gag rule.” Supporters labeled it the Protect Life Rule. Planned Parenthood will lose roughly $60 million each year.
Title X is a family planning program that funds cancer screenings, contraceptives and pregnancy tests for low-income individuals.
“Anti-choice politicians have really been emboldened by this administration to cut access to Planned Parenthood and basic reproductive healthcare services,” Kersha Deibel, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, said, according to WLWT television. “And the city of Cincinnati and the people here in this community are the ones who are suffering.”
Ohio’s Republican-led government also cut funding for Planned Parenthood out of the state budget.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.
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