What Changes to Title X Could Mean for Local Health Options

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"This is a massive political incursion into the provision of health care in this country over the shouts and screams of medical providers", said Laura McQuade, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City.

As part of the underlying Title X legislation, the public health service act clearly states, "None of the funds appropriated under this title shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning". It also eliminates a "requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral". Ferguson is planning to bring his case in the federal district court for the Eastern district of Washington, and he said he expects that other organizations will sue as well, including the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA).

"We will not violate our own medical ethics, and because of what the gag rule does, which blocks patients from getting accurate information about their care, we won't accept the money", said Julie Lynn, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of IL.

Gov. Phil Murphy - who has reinstated annual state funding of almost $7.5 million for women's healthcare programs - joined with Democratic leaders from a dozen other states to challenge the Trump administration's proposed changes to Title X when they were first announced in June.

'The defendant's failure to properly supervise and administer the abortion service directly resulted in the failure of the pregnancy termination...'(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A couple is suing Planned Parenthood for its unsuccessful abortion of their now 2-year-old son, citing medical negligence and blaming the company for "the cost of raising an unplanned additional child". "Let's be clear, the administration is preventing health care providers from giving their patients full and accurate information about all of their options, literally "gagging" doctors", she said. Nearly half of the patients who receive Title X services are at or below the federal poverty level. In that year, less than 4 percent of the services provided at the clinic were abortions, the staff said. According to a survey Planned Parenthood conducted last spring, three out of four women disapprove of the HHS change, including some who voted for the president in 2016.

"We know this profit-driven industry, which devalues human life and exploits families, will do everything in its power to maneuver around this rule as they seek to use taxpayer dollars for abortion", he said in written comments for Baptist Press.

The Trump administration's new mandate could direct federal family-planning money to faith-based, anti-abortion groups. "It's unethical and defies the oath I took to take care of my patients".

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Critics said that the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and near impossible for clinics to implement. "We won't withhold critical information from our patients".

It's the first of several legal challenges expected to be announced by Democratic-led states.

Established almost 50 years ago, the Title X program has provided a stable source of funding for facilities that are often the only care providers to low-income women and their families.

Moore and more than 80 other pro-life leaders urged Azar in a May letter to issue a Title X rule like the one just announced by HHS.

In July, Gov. Kate Brown threatened to pull the state out of the Title X program should the rule go into effect.

Others welcome the Title X changes.

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