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New Trump rule would ban tax dollars from funding abortions

Trump looks to defund Planned Parenthood abortion services

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 The policy was revoked under President Bill Clinton, and a new rule went into effect that required “nondirective” counseling to include multiple options for women, including abortion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.



Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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