Trump administration sets new federal rule prohibiting abortion referrals to tax-payer funded clinics

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Baby killers Planned Parenthood hardest hit.

From OregonLive: The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court.

The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation.

Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients, along with other options. However, that would no longer be required.

The move, decried by women’s groups and praised by religious conservatives, is the latest in a series of Trump administration efforts to remake government policy on reproductive health. But it could be some time before women served by the federal family program feel the full impact.

Women’s groups, organizations representing the clinics, and Democratic-led states are expected to sue to block the policy from going into effect. Administration officials told abortion opponents on a call Friday that they expect legal action, according to a participant.

In Oregon, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Friday she would sue the Trump administration, saying, “Medical providers, no matter what kind of service they perform, must be able to have candid conversations with patients about all options for care, and without fear that if they say the word ‘abortion’ their clinic could lose federal funds.”

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman.

Planned Parenthood, whose affiliates are major providers of family planning services as well as abortions, said the administration is trying to impose a “gag rule,” and launched a full campaign to block it. Congressional supporters of the organization said it receives about $60 million a year from the federal program.

“I want our patients to know this — we will fight through every avenue so this illegal, unethical rule never goes into effect,” said Planned Parenthood’s president, Dr. Leana Wen.

She said the new policy would prevent doctors from referring women for abortions “even if your life depended on it.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared: “Republicans must end their relentless assault on women’s health care and rights.”

It’s a gag rule “for all intents and purposes,” said the American Medical Association.

“The patient-physician relationship relies on trust, open conversation and informed decision making and the government should not be telling physicians what they can and cannot say to their patients,” the AMA said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood and other groups representing the clinics say the new requirements for physical separation of facilities would be costly and all but impossible to fulfill. Planned Parenthood said the administration is making another attempt to drive it out of business, after efforts to deny funding failed in Congress.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway scoffed at that argument. “They’ve been saying for years they don’t co-mingle their funds, so this should be easy for them,” she told reporters at the White House. “Physically separate and financially separate.”

Religious conservatives see the administration’s action as a way to break down what they call an indirect taxpayer subsidy of abortion providers.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, called it “a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”

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11 responses to “Trump administration sets new federal rule prohibiting abortion referrals to tax-payer funded clinics

  1. President Trump has consistently, without fail, kept his promises for life and against abortion.

  2. So, Nancy Pelosi believes you can’t have a ‘gag rule’ about abortion referrals, but it is illegal in California to counsel LGBTQ persons about “conversion therapy”? The problems with liberals is that only their speech should be free.

  3. What is Nancy & others like her worried about? States are beginning to make it legal to perform post-birth abortions on babies 🙄

    And PP is worried about saying the word “abortion”, when Christians and conservatives are denied an online/social media presence, and even sources of income for their beliefs? WAAAAAAAAHHH!!

    StopPatriarchy sure never had a problem with fascism during Obama’s regime.

  4. Take a good look at those two, they are the new kind of women shaping the future of our country.

  5. Planned Parenthood lecturing on ethics is rich! That girl (?) on the left doesn’t have to worry about abortions. That looks like a boy who shaved his legs.

    Scratch a Jew and you get THIS!

  6. And that is one of several reasons why DJT got my vote in 2016, and will certainly get it again in 2020. .

  7. Not Bad .

  8. I would very much like to know how long they have been doing this.

    Arrests made after Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Baby Body Parts

  9. I have the answer to avoiding abortion….aspirin….yep, just hold it between your knees.

  10. For an “industry” that has always demanded it be always available to all who want it, the abortion cartel has resisted, with a steely resolve, to resist any and all attempts to regulate its operations.

    We have, in large part, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy to thank for this, given his efforts to complicate and obfuscate almost every aspect of the medical establishment in its affordability by the public. In brief, Ted Kennedy did everything within his power to socialize medicine in the United States, and push abortion upon the public he did—with gusto.

    What President Trump proposes would in no way limit or restrict the possibility of a woman seeking an abortion—or the efforts of a man to procure one for a pregnant woman. What he does seek is clear and consistent boundaries, and those boundaries should begin with who is financing whom. In the insurance business, comingling funds can lead to felony charges; In the abortion industry, it is so commonplace as to seem to be a requirement. His rules here would put a stop to that, or try to, and far be it from tyrannical or puritanical, it is most libertarian, indeed: If a doctor is in the business of providing abortions, he must follow certain financial and accounting rules, just as any other business or professional is legally bound to comply with.

    To the abortion harridans who insist that their hysteria be taken at their word and bond, Why, Yes, this WILL lead to the banning of abortion: For if abortion providers and clinics are legally bound to certain practices, their numbers simply shall dwindle—as they should. All this is is a matter of legal practices and does not, directly, address the morality of abortion, in and of itself.

    But abortion is the emergency exit women must have, the pro-choice vanguard argues. This mantra simply reflects the moral quotient of society at large. In this sense the pro-abortion side is correct (but not morally right): They provide the hired hand the public wants. Any President with any self-respect or respect for history (or God) is right and within his rights (and his wits) to resist this charge of the vanguard, to obstruct it, to thwart it, and ultimately, to stop it.

    Somewhere, Ted Kennedy is biting his nails.


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