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Trump set to announce massive cuts to Planned Parenthood

Trump set to announce massive cuts to Planned Parenthood

The Trump administration official said the proposal will aid in transparency and integrity, allowing better monitoring of Title X fund recipients.

The Trump administration will propose new rules to bar Planned Parenthood and other health-care providers from performing abortions at facilities that receive federal family planning funds, an administration official said on Thursday night.

Technically, federal funding can't go to abortions - but women's health organizations worked around that provision since the 1970s by formally referring patients to abortionists, who are often located within the same clinic walls, the Weekly Standard reported. They point out that federal family planning funds can not be now used to pay for abortion procedures.

A rep for Planned Parenthood could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday night.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [text] on Tuesday against the State of Iowa and the Iowa Board of Medicine in the Iowa District Court of Polk County [official website] over a recently passed abortion law, Senate File 359 [text].

It will not decrease the amount of Title X funding, which annually provides $260 million for family planning purposes, including contraception, pregnancy testing, and infertility treatments.

The administration's plan would also require programs and clinics to document their compliance with state reporting laws if they encounter potential victims of sexual assault, incest, or rape in their program activities.

Even apart from that, much of the hundreds of millions in annual federal money Planned Parenthood gets comes from Medicaid, which would not be affected by the rule change.

The official explained that "the proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred for as a method of family planning".

Last year, Trump signed a repeal of an Obama-era regulation which had prohibited states from denying federal funds to health clinics exclusively on the grounds that they provided abortions.

For its part, Planned Parenthood Action Fund has denounced the proposal, telling supporters in a statement released earlier this month that if the Reagan rule returns, "it would block the 41 percent of Title X patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for care".

His administration has cut funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) over the agency's support for Chinese coercive population control programs.

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