New Trump Rule Would Cut Federal Funds From Clinics Providing Abortions
The United States President has promised to announce a new rule that would cut federal funds from any health clinics that provide abortions or referrals to other abortion providers, The New York Times reported.
Naija News Learnt that the change would mean that funds would be lost for essential health screenings for women.
The rule is expected to ban federally funded clinics from discussing abortion with women, would be a massive blow to health care providers like Planned Parenthood, which offer abortions and receive some federal funds for non-abortion health services.Laws already prevent federal funds from being used for abortions.
But clinics like Planned Parenthood use federal money for things like breast cancer screenings and other health tests. The new rules would force Planned Parenthood to either give up those funds — or stop providing abortions on the premises.
The new rule reportedly would also ban any family planning clinics receiving federal funds from sharing space or facilities with abortion providers.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion organization the Susan B. Anthony List, thanked Trump and hailed his “decisive leadership.”
The Title X program connects 4 million people with birth control, STI testing, and breast and cervical exams.
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