Planned Parenthood and other women’s reproductive providers have chosen to exit Title X funding amid the Trump Administration’s untenable rule change. Per the Final Rule Compliance and Enforcement, Planned Parenthood was required to submit an “Assurance and Action Plan” for compliance on August 19, 2019.
CFR §59.14 (a) would prohibit Title X providers from referring patients for abortion. Established by Richard Nixon in 1970, Title X is designed to assure access to reproductive health services for low income and uninsured patients who may not otherwise qualify for Medicaid.
Planned Parenthood and other providers filed a lawsuit against this administrative rule in February. In July, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a stay, and the rule was allowed to go forward while in litigation.
Specifically, CFR §59.14 (a) states:
Prohibition on referral for abortion. A Title X project may not perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning, nor take any other affirmative action to assist a patient to secure such an abortion.
The backlash of this action and reaction may affect access to reproductive health care for many. Since his election, Trump has deliberately and systematically assaulted women’s reproductive rights. In particular, he has taken aim at the Planned Parenthood Organization, who receives about 19% of it’s funding through Title X.
I applaud Planned Parenthood and other providers for standing up to Trump Administration bullying. I support their stance against further erosion of reproductive rights. The Trump Administration’s assault is an outrage on women’s healthcare and reproductive rights.
Predictably, many Conservatives consider this a victory against Planned Parenthood. Yet, any negative fallout, as with other Trump policies on human rights, can be clearly laid at the President’s feet.
Shame on you, Mr. President, for further eroding the health care rights of millions of Americans.