Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposal on Friday that would ban facilities from receiving federal dollars for family planning if they are housed in the same building as a clinic that provides abortions.
Pro-abortionists are calling the ban a “gag rule” and it may trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect. The policy is guaranteed to stir activists on both sides of the abortion debate ahead of the congressional midterm elections.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, believes that is the target of the new ban, according to the Associated Press.
“The end result would make it impossible for women to come to Planned Parenthood, who are counting on us every day,” said executive vice president Dawn Laguens.
The Reagan-era hindered family planning clinics from discussing abortions as an option with women. Under Reagan, the policy never went into effect as written, and the Supreme Court ruled that it was an appropriate use of executive power. The policy was revoked under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect that required “nondirective” counseling to include multiple options for women, including abortion services.
According to a Trump administration summary, the new proposal will turn back the Clinton directive that abortion could be discussed as an option along with prenatal care and adoption.
Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal family planning funds cannot be used to pay for abortion procedures. Pro-abortionists say that not having abortion services within the family planning clinics will disrupt comprehensive services for woman all over the nation.
Current funding allocated to these family planning clinics which house abortion services are funded through Title X funds. The nation’s family-planning program serves about 4 million women a year through clinics, at a cost to taxpayers of about $260 million.
According to the Washington Examiner, the regulations introduced on Friday adds a separate requirement in which clinics must adhere to state reporting laws when it comes to documenting the number of patients who arrive at their clinics and are victims of sexual assault, rape, and incest.
The taxpayer-funded program will now fund only family planning clinics that do not provide or house abortion-related services and pro-life groups hail this as a major victory.