This past Monday, July 15, the Trump administration stated that state-funded clinics should stop recommending abortion services to women.
According to CBS News, the Health and Human Services Department issued a notice to clinics not to refer women to entities that perform abortions, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from these abortion entities.
The new measure even prohibits abortion services from operating in the same clinic space and could have a significant impact on Planned Parenthood, as it would lose tens of millions of dollars in “family planning.”
Opponents of abortion expressed support for the measures taken by the administration. As the Daily Caller points out, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, said in a statement, “Pregnancy is not a disease cured by abortion, and ending the connection between abortion and family planning is a victory for commonsense health care.”
Hawkins added, “Planned Parenthood has violated the spirit of the Title X family planning program for years by collecting millions of dollars while they marketed abortion.”
Planned Parenthood, the organization that performs the most abortions in the world, said it will continue the legal bid to abolish recent White House regulations.
Title X is the family planning program that serves approximately 4 million women each year in independent clinics, many of which are affiliated with Planned Parenthood, which serves 40% of clients. Each year, the program allocates nearly $260 million to subsidize clinics.
The new family planning policy is part of a series of efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to amend reproductive health policy.
The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit rejected an offer to temporarily block a federal funding law for abortion clinics, the Daily Caller reported.
The appeals court facilitated a June 20 decision to retain a 7-4 vote, allowing the Trump administration to finally eliminate federal funding for clinics that are outside the new Title X regulations.