July 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Signaling yet again that it will not forego abortion to provide legitimate women’s healthcare, the nation’s largest abortion chain announced Tuesday that it will pull out of the federal Title X program entirely rather than comply with a Trump administration rule barring family planning funds from providers involved with abortion.
In February, the administration finalized a rule that will require “clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” ban “referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” eliminate a “requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral,” and require “more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies.”
The rule is projected to cut almost $60 million from the $563.8 million Planned Parenthood received during the most recent fiscal year, and redirect it to women’s health providers that aren’t involved in abortions. This has provoked intense anger among abortion supporters and lawsuits from 21 states and the District of Columbia, as well as Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association (AMA).
In April, U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian issued a nationwide
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