Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge
By Yasmeen Abutaleb
November 6, 2019
A federal judge on Wednesday voided the Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that would have allowed health-care providers to refuse to participate in abortions, sterilizations or other types of care they disagree with on religious or moral grounds.
U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan declared the so-called “conscience rule” unconstitutional in a 147-page decision stemming from a lawsuit brought by New York and nearly two dozen other mostly Democratic states and municipalities. The rule had been set to go into effect later this month.
Family planning clinics watch their safety nets vanish
Cutbacks have hit health clinics that lost federal dollars over Trump abortion rules.
By ALICE MIRANDA OLLSTEIN and RACHEL ROUBEIN
Some health clinics that quit the federal family planning program over Trump anti-abortion policies are cutting staff, charging for services that had been free and making other austerity moves to avert a major hollowing out of reproductive health care for poor women.
At least four state health departments, hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics and dozens of independent providers have withdrawn from the more than $250 million Title X program. Some have literally had to box up and return unused supplies bought with a government discount. They’re leaning on emergency funds, private donations and in some instances, state assistance.
Trump abortion ‘gag’ rule blocked by federal judge
By Fred Barbash
A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Thursday, temporarily blocking the Trump administration from imposing new antiabortion restrictions on the use of federal family planning funds designed to assist 4 million low-income women.
The rule, promulgated in March by the Department of Health and Human Services, would have barred programs receiving the money from saying or doing anything to advise or assist a patient about securing an abortion. Critics called it a “gag rule.”
Trump family-planning abortion rule risks 'national public health crisis,' AMA says
The rule, which changes criteria for family-planning grants in ways sought by anti-abortion activists, would cause a health crisis "in short order,' the AMA said.
March 6, 2019
By Associated Press
The American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood filed a federal court lawsuit Tuesday challenging a new Trump administration rule changing criteria for family-planning grant money in ways sought by anti-abortion activists.
The new rule, announced last week by the Department of Health and Human Services, would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the federal Title X program from making abortion referrals — a provision that critics denounce as a "gag rule."
Reproductive Rights Groups Ready to Sue Trump Over Abortion Rule
The administration’s measure would effectively ban Planned Parenthood and other providers from getting Title X federal family planning fund.
Reproductive rights groups were outraged when the Trump administration announced plans to cut off family planning funds for healthcare providers that offer abortions. Now they’re headed to court to battle the new rule.
At least three groups have announced plans to sue over the measure, which would effectively ban providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving funds through Title X—a federal program to help low-income Americans access family planning services.
What You Need to Know About Trump’s Attacks on the Federal Family Planning Program
The Trump administration presents a threat to the family planning grant program that hasn’t been seen before.
Feb 22, 2019
Laura Huss & Katelyn Burns
Reproductive health advocates are bracing themselves for the finalization of the Trump administration’s Title X “domestic gag rule.” The anti-choice policy would ban providers receiving Title X funds from referring patients for abortion services and force abortion providers under the program to physically separate abortion services from other family planning services.
But what is the Title X family planning program, and why do the administration’s policies threaten access to reproductive health care?