Trump administration to ban abortions at facilities receiving federal family planning funds
19 May 2018
President Donald Trump’s plans to propose a new rule that would bar abortions at facilities that receive federal family planning funds marks an escalation of the administration’s attack on a woman’s constitutionally protected abortion rights. At the same time, the move will punish low-income women in particular from receiving family planning services, increasing the likelihood of unwanted pregnancies and births.
Though the exact language of the proposed rule has not yet been released publicly by the White House, Trump is expected to issue new guidelines for Title X, the only federal program dedicated to paying for birth control. The new rule would require a “physical as well as financial separation” between entities that receive Title X funds and those that provide abortions.
Trump’s rule stands in direct contradiction to the 1973 US Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which said that states cannot ban abortions before viability of the fetus. The rule would not affect federal funding through Medicaid, which is already barred from using federal funds for abortions.
The move is the latest chapter in the Republican Party’s years-long crusade to end funding to Planned Parenthood, the women’s health care provider that currently uses Title X funding to provide contraceptives to an estimated 40 percent of the 4 million people receiving it for family planning services. Planned Parenthood stands to lose an estimated $50 million in funding.
Earlier this month, more than 190 members of the US Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to restore a Reagan-era rule imposing the “physical and financial”…