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Planned Parenthood Rejects Federal Funds over Trump “Gag Rule” on Abortion Referrals

HeadlineAug 20, 2019

Planned Parenthood has withdrawn from Title X, the federal program that funds family planning services for millions of low-income people, as they refuse to comply with the Trump administration’s ban on abortion referrals. Planned Parenthood receives $60 million per year through Title X. The move could affect 1.5 million people per year who access birth control and other health services through the organization. In some states, Planned Parenthood serves all or nearly all low-income patients who benefit from Title X. The Trump administration’s so-called gag order is being legally challenged by Planned Parenthood and over 20 states, but a federal court ruled last month the change can still take effect while the lawsuits were pending. Acting President of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement, “Congress must act now. It’s time for the U.S. Senate to act to pass a spending bill that will reverse the harmful rule and restore access to birth control, STD testing, and other critical services to people with low-incomes. People’s lives depend on it.”

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