Abortion Providers Adjust to New Federal Funding Restrictions

FILE – In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration has told federally-funded family planning clinics it may be willing to delay enforcement of a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers said last week they will go without federal family planning money after the Trump administration began enforcement of new pro-life rules on July 15.

Jacqueline Ayers, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of government relations and public policy, said the nation’s largest abortion provider would continue to fight the rules in court, and emergency funds would replace federal funding in the meantime.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally notified abortion facilities July 16 that new regulations would take effect. The rules, which have survived multiple judicial challenges, bar Title X funding recipients from providing abortions or abortion referrals and require medical clinics and abortion facilities to have separate finances and physical space.

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Source: Baptist Press