Tuesday, August 20, 2019
August 20, 2019 (The Cut): Planned Parenthood Just Lost $60M in Funding. What Does That Mean for Women?, by Erica Schwiegerhausen:
Earlier this week Planned Parenthood announced that it would forgo approximately $60 million in federal funding under the Title X program rather than comply with new regulations issued by the Trump Administration. Title X is a federal program that funds contraception and other reproductive care for low income women. Under federal law, Title X funds cannot be used to pay for abortions. However, the new rule would prohibit the provision of Title X services at the same facilities in which abortion care is provided and also limit Title X health care providers from providing referrals for abortion.
Planned Parenthood's acting president has stated that “We will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients.” Instead Planned Parenthood will withdraw from Title X while legal battles over the rule continue. Last month, a federal appeals court refused to stay enforcement of the rule while the case is pending.
Planned Parenthood serves about 40% of Title X recipients. In the short-term. Planned Parenthood will make "emergency funds" available and fundraise to make up for the loss of funds. Other small, independent clinics are also affected. For instance as many as 15 clinics in Maine may close rather than continue to receive Title X funding and comply with the rule.