USA – Federal judge writes that new abortion rule ‘recklessly disregards’ women’s health

Federal judge writes that new abortion rule 'recklessly disregards' women's health

By Kate Sullivan, CNN
April 30, 2019

Washington (CNN)A federal judge in Oregon issued a written opinion Monday saying the Trump administration's abortion clinic-referral restriction "recklessly disregards the health outcomes of women, families, and communities."

US District Judge Michael J. McShane called the federal restriction "a ham-fisted approach to health policy" and said it "prevents doctors from behaving like informed professionals."

Continued: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/29/politics/federal-judge-new-abortion-regulation-opinion/

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USA – Judge blocks Trump administration ‘gag rule’ on abortion referrals

Judge blocks Trump administration 'gag rule' on abortion referrals
Federal court bars enforcement of measure aimed at fulfilling president’s pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood

Reuters
Fri 26 Apr 2019

A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to the state attorney general.

The preliminary injunction on Thursday bars enforcement nationwide of a policy that was due to go into effect on 3 May over the vehement objections of abortion rights supporters who have decried it as a “gag rule” designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/25/abortion-gag-rule-referrals-judge-trump-planned-parenthood

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Trump abortion ‘gag’ rule blocked by federal judge

Trump abortion ‘gag’ rule blocked by federal judge

By Fred Barbash
April 25

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.”

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-abortion-gag-rule-blocked-by-federal-judge/2019/04/25/c147359a-67ac-11e9-a1b6-b29b90efa879_story.html?utm_term=.bf7cd8dc6de0

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Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group

Trump Administration Gives Family Planning Grant to Anti-Abortion Group

By Kenneth P. Vogel and Robert Pear
March 29, 2019

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration took an important step on Friday in its push to restrict access to abortion and contraception, announcing that it would give as much as $5.1 million in family planning funds to a nonprofit organization funded by allies of the Catholic Church.

The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services went to the Obria Group, a Southern California-based nonprofit that describes itself as being “led by God” and that aims to siphon patients — and money — away from Planned Parenthood.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/29/us/politics/trump-grant-abortion.html

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Trump’s Title X rule will restrict abortion access and obstruct women’s healthcare

Trump's Title X rule will restrict abortion access and obstruct women's healthcare

By The Times Editorial Board
Mar 25, 2019

The Trump administration’s disdain for women’s reproductive rights and reproductive healthcare are well known. Shortly taking office, President Trump reinstituted the “global gag rule” that forbids foreign aid for any overseas healthcare provider that offers abortions or abortion counseling — even if the federal funds are carefully spent only on nonabortion services. Since his election, Trump has regularly threatened to defund Planned Parenthood. He has appointed anti-abortion judges and cut federal grants for family planning research.

Now, he and the officials he has put in place at the Department of Health and Human Services are taking aim at the much-respected Title X Family Planning Program in an effort to further limit women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

Continued: https://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-trump-title-x-gag-rule-20190323-story.html

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Trump family-planning abortion rule risks ‘national public health crisis,’ AMA says

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."

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-family-planning-abortion-rule-risks-national-public-health-crisis-n979726

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USA – The Biggest Consequence of Trump’s New Abortion Rule Won’t Be for Abortion

The Biggest Consequence of Trump’s New Abortion Rule Won’t Be for Abortion
New restrictions on the Title X program may affect poor women’s access to other kinds of health care.

Olga Khazan
Mar 5, 2019

In late February, the Trump administration dropped a new rule that has alarmed doctors’ groups and brought conservatives closer to achieving their long quest to defund Planned Parenthood.

Clinics that receive funds from the federal family-planning grant program Title X will no longer be able to perform abortions in the same space where they see other patients. Abortion and other health-care services will be required to be physically and financially separate entities. Title X participants will also no longer be able to refer patients to abortion providers, though they can mention abortion to their patients.

Continued: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/03/trumps-title-x-rule-change-planned-parenthood/584005/

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Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

Abortions rise worldwide when US cuts funding to women’s health clinics, study finds

March 4, 2019
Yana Rodgers, Professor of Labor Studies, Rutgers University

Fulfilling Republican efforts to “defund Planned Parenthood,” the Trump administration announced on Feb. 22 it would end federal funding to health providers that perform abortions.

This new ruling is the domestic version of the “global gag rule” that Trump imposed in 2017. It cuts U.S. global health funding from organizations abroad that perform – or even talk about – abortions, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Continued: https://theconversation.com/abortions-rise-worldwide-when-us-cuts-funding-to-womens-health-clinics-study-finds-112491

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USA – The Title X ‘Gag Rule’ Plays Politics By Attacking Women’s Health

The Title X 'Gag Rule' Plays Politics By Attacking Women's Health

March 01, 2019
Julie Wittes Schlack

For years organizations have been prohibited from using federal funds to pay for abortions, but a new rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services now goes one step further, mandating that clinics providing abortion referrals to patients will be ineligible for federal Title X funds.

While health care professionals will still be able to talk to patients about abortion, they will not be allowed to tell them where they can actually have the procedure. As the Guttmacher Institute explains, “The rule eliminates the Title X program’s long-standing guarantee that all pregnant patients receive neutral, factual and nondirective information on all their pregnancy options (including parenting, adoption and abortion).”

Continued: https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2019/03/01/title-x-gag-rule-julie-wittes-schlack

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USA – Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars

Birth Control Gets Caught Up in the Abortion Wars
The Trump administration’s cruel new family planning rule threatens access to contraception and other health care for poor women.

By The Editorial Board
Feb. 26, 2019

In its continuing assault on reproductive rights, the Trump administration has issued potentially devastating changes to the nation’s nearly 50-year-old family planning program, Title X, which allows millions of women each year to afford contraception, cancer screenings and other critical health services.

Health clinics have long been barred from using Title X money, or any federal funds, to pay for abortions, but they have been able to provide abortions and other family planning services under one roof. Under the new rule, unveiled last week by the Department of Health and Human Services after being floated last year, a clinic that provides abortions will have to jump through an absurd series of hoops to continue receiving Title X funding. For instance, it will have to create a separate entrance to the facility for patients seeking abortions, hire separate personnel and establish a separate electronic health records system. Title X facilities will also be barred from referring patients for abortions. The rule gives discretion to the department to decide on a case-by-case basis whether facilities are in compliance.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/opinion/title-x-rule.html

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