Trump administration reportedly to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood

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- The Trump administration on Friday will announce a plan to ensure that Title X family planning funding does not go to programs or facilities that promote or perform abortions, CNA has learned. Several Republican lawmakers recently wrote to the Department of Health and Human services saying, "to ensure that the federally funded family planning services offered by Title X grant recipients are unquestionably separate and distinct from abortion, Title X service sites should be physically, as well as financially, separate from facilities that provide abortion". The lawsuit also states that the Act violates equal protection rights "singling out abortion from all other medical procedures; and discriminating against women on the basis of their sex and the basis of gender stereotypes". However, it's guaranteed to galvanize activists on both sides of the abortion debate ahead of the congressional midterm elections.

Called the "Domestic Gag Rule" by critics, the Reagan era rule was first introduced in 1988, but because of a legal battle never fully took effect.

A tweet posted by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the group's political arm, said that the move could prevent more than 40 percent of family planning patients from receiving health care at Planned Parenthood offices. In 1993, the rule was rescinded by President Bill Clinton.

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"Reinstating President Ronald Reagan's Title X regulations is sorely needed to bring the program into clear alignment with the statutory requirement stating, 'None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.' Abortion is not family planning and the law recognizes that", read the letter.

"The notion that you would withhold information from a patient does not uphold or preserve their dignity", said Jessica Marcella of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics.

The White House says this is part of the Trump Administrations policy to protect the unborn and also make sure taxpayers don't support the abortion industry.

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The Title 10 program offers hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance to family planning organizations. The Republican-led Congress has unsuccessfully tried to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and the Trump administration has vowed to religious and social conservatives that it would keep up the effort.

Planned Parenthood won't be defunded in this measure as long as taxpayer funds aren't used for abortions.

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