Forthcoming Trump rule would make finding abortion services harder

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Speaks At New England Council Congressional Roundtable Luncheon


"The news that the Trump administration will be issuing new regulations to separate abortion from the federal Title X family planning program is greatly needed and deeply appreciated", New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said in a May 18 statement. "The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) applauds President Trump's common sense clarification of the original goal of Title X, which explicitly did not support pushing abortion as a method of family planning", said Donna Harrison, MD, AAPLOG's executive director, in a statement.

According to the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, such health centers are publicly funded and exist in all 50 states, nearly 10,000 in total, compared to around 650 Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide.

At a Planned Parenthood in Utah, where she was then living, she was able to be diagnosed, treated, and given regular Pap smears and biopsies.

A pro-abortion rights supporter holds up a sign that reads "My Body".

An administration official said the proposal is based on, though is not identical to, a Reagan-era rule.

INSKEEP: Well, let's be clear on what the situation is now. Elizabeth Warren slammed the Title X proposal as bad policy that could endanger women.

I was hoping Rep. Adrian Smith would cook his own goose in Tuesday's primary because of his recent vote for the omnibus budget, which adds $1 trillion to the federal debt, fully funds Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, etc. And that's still the law. That is absolutely a false argument, and it's been demonstrated to be such for years.

"I think this is an issue that should enrage the American public, particularly women, because it's an attack on them", Sen.

INSKEEP: So let's put this in a real-world situation. The policy was rescinded under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect that required "nondirective" counselling to include a range of options for women.

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Federal law already prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions directly.

"You can still get an abortion in this country". Women who can't get access to basic reproductive service health care services have fewer economic opportunities going forward. For example, if a pregnant woman goes to her health care provider to inquire about an abortion, her provider could be prohibited not just from referring her to an abortion provider but from answering basic questions about the procedure. And this rule absolutely destroys that kind of trust between the doctor and the patient. Individuals can get discounted services if they make less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or $30,350.

The Trump administration announced on Friday it plans to ban the use of federal funds for family planning clinics that refer women for abortions. A person associated with that, Kristan Hawkins, says, quote, "these changes are long overdue as abortion is not health care or birth control".

"This policy is meant to isolate and attack safe, legally abortions in this country", said Laguens, who argues Trump is "playing politics" with women's lives to fulfill a campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood. But soon after that ruling, the White House released new guidelines for the grants, with a focus on abstinence-only education.

But Trump would take that one step further.

"We always have to follow evidence and science", she says. "We are deeply concerned about anticipated changes to Title X, which move away from science-based principles and erode standard of care by interfering in the patient/provider relationship", Hal Lawrence, M.D., ACOG executive vice president and CEO, said. In particular, HHS's decision to provide waivers to states enabling them to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients will kick tens, and potentially hundreds of thousands of people out of the health care system altogether.

Conservative lawmakers, including Arkansas Gov.

Support for Trump among white evangelical women has actually dropped more over the past year than support for Trump among all women. The women's health organization subsequently clarified that it donates fetal tissue for medical experimentation, a practice that has historically been supported by Republican politicians, and one that yielded the vaccine for polio. And that's what Planned Parenthood stands for.

INSKEEP: Cecile Richards, thanks very much for talking with us this morning.

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