Federal judge blocks Planned Parenthood abortions under Missouri physician hospital admittance requirement

Federal judge blocks Planned Parenthood abortions under Missouri physician hospital admittance requirement

Planned Parenthood of IL says it will continue providing abortion referrals despite the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding under a new rule enacted by the Trump administration.

Title X covers non-abortion services like STD prevention, cancer screenings and contraception, and provides over $280 million in funding for 4 million mostly low-income women every year. It also eliminates a "requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral". Maine Family Planning, a leading women's health care provider in Maine, announced last week that it would seek an injunction to prevent the edict from going into effect.

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

A federal judge ruled that Planned Parenthood can not resume performing abortions at a clinic in central Missouri as state restrictions were not "undue" burdens on women seeking abortions.

"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", he said.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is one of nine Democratic governors who sent the department a letter Tuesday saying they may take legal action if the rule stands.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said February 25 that he will sue to challenge the policy.

The Office of Population Affairs, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and oversees Title X, published the draft final rule the afternoon of February 22.

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.

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Title X "was not meant to be a slush fund" for Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, she said in a written statement.

"The new regulations would make drastic and harmful changes to the Title X program", said Joseph Alifante, president and CEO of the New Jersey Family Planning League, a nonprofit organization that receives and distributes the state's share of Title X funding to organizations throughout New Jersey. Health centers will no longer have to counsel women on all reproductive options, including abortion.

"This separation", it says, "will ensure adherence to statutory restrictions, and provide needed clarity for the public and for Title X clinics about permissible and impermissible activities for Title X projects".

It's possible that any of the cases people are now talking about filing could make their way to the Supreme Court, Ferguson said, adding that if his cases was elevated to that level, "we are prepared to do that".

Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life (AUL), commended the new rule.

The new legislation would also prohibit clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers as well as require stricter financial separation.

Until a court weighs in, it's unclear whether, and how soon, the regulation will affect current Title X networks.

Specifically, Trump's rules would forbid family planning providers in nearly all cases from referring pregnant patients for abortion.

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