Washington state sues over President Trump's abortion policy


Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which serves almost half the people who rely on Title X in ME, would no longer participate in the federal program under these restrictions, said Nicole Clegg, the organization's vice president of public policy.

State law requires clinics that provide abortions to have physicians with admitting privileges at nearby hospital.

Planned Parenthood of IL will no longer take federal money from the Title X family-planning program if the rule goes into effect in two months, officials said.

Planned Parenthood received almost $2.5 million from Title X from September 2018 through March 2019, according to the government.

However, a 2017 study by the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, Planned Parenthood depends primarily on its abortion-centered business model - and is not a significant provider of medical care in the United States, despite its self-promotion as an " and " healthcare provider, as its advocates often profess.

"Reproductive health care is health care and health care is a basic human right", she said in a written statement.

But the Trump Administration has released a new Title X rule barring family planning money going to groups that refer patients for abortions. "It's women of color and families of low income".

Federal officials also fear that, in its current form, the law does not properly protect the conscience of those who oppose abortion in all forms.

Planned Parenthood has not specifically announced that it will sue, but Dr. Leana Wen, the organization's president, was clear last week in a call with reporters that "Planned Parenthood can not participate in a program that would force our providers to compromise their ethics".

That compromises the oath that I took when I became a doctor.

The administration said Friday it would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals.

The Title X changes - slated to take effect in two months - are created to address several concerns among Trump administration officials, including that the current rules are not sufficient to protect against commingling of the restricted funds and those that can be used for abortion services.

Wimes concluded in the decision that "the record does not provide a basis in evidence to approximate the number of women who will forego or postpone surgical abortion incidental to the inoperability of the Columbia Facility". "We won't withhold critical information from our patients".

"Although the USCCB continues to have strong objections to government promotion and funding of contraceptives, we have long supported enforcement of the abortion funding restrictions in Title X, and we are pleased to see that the administration has taken seriously its obligation to enforce those restrictions", he added. In many cases pregnancy counseling and, when appropriate, abortion referrals, are also available under current rules.

Although the rules were upheld, subsequent legal action meant they were in effect only for a month before again being blocked and then rescinded by President Bill Clinton in 1993.

But there is no question, she said, that "the underlying scope of [the Title X program] has changed" since 1991.