Trump Administration Delays Ban Preventing Government-funded Family Planning Centers from Giving Abortion Referrals

The Trump administration decided to delay the implementation of a rule barring family planning centers that receive federal funding from providing abortion referrals, according to reports.

On Saturday evening, the Health and Human Services Department sent a notice to Planned Parenthood affiliates and others explaining that the new rule’s enforcement would be delayed until Sept. 18, according to The Washington Post and The Associated Press.

The notice stated that the recipients must soon provide assurance that they do “not include abortion as a method of family planning” and submit an “action plan” which will describe the ways they plan to comply with the various aspects of the new federal rules, reported Amy Goldstein of the Post.

“The two-page notice issued Saturday night did not include detailed information about how the federally funded organization should interpret parts of the rules, such as a section that bans referrals for abortion but says that family planning centers may provide ‘nondirective counseling’ that mentions abortion among options.”

In February, HHS announced that it had finalized a rule banning Title X funding of abortion as a means of family planning.

“This final rule ensures that grants and contracts awarded under this program fully comply with the statutory program integrity requirements, thereby fulfilling the purpose of Title X, so that more women and men can receive services that help them consider and achieve both their short-term and long-term family planning needs,” stated HHS.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski