CT to join legal battle over new Trump abortion policy

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference announcing a lawsuit chal

Critics of the rule say it targets Planned Parenthood.

The rule "makes notable improvements created to increase the number of patients served and improve the quality of their care", the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a news release Friday.

This month, the Trump administration released its revised Final Rule on the regulations governing Title X. The Rule, according to the document released February 22 by the Department of Health and Human Services, will "require Title X providers to maintain physical and financial separation from locations which provide abortion as a method of family planning". Beyond interfering in a patient's relationship with her doctor, Ferguson said, the rules could leave vast areas without such care for low-income residents.

The rule issued last week bars taxpayer-funded family-planning clinics from making abortion referrals and requires clinics to be physically and financially separate from abortion providers, The Chicago Tribune reported.

"Planned Parenthood promotes itself as an indispensable health care provider and community asset, while downplaying its role as the nation's largest abortion vendor", the CLI authors observed.

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. Under the new restrictions, any clinic accepting federal funds would be prevented from performing abortions - or referring women to other providers for the procedure. Religious conservatives and abortion opponents have long complained that Title X has been used to indirectly subsidize abortion providers.

"The record does not provide a basis in evidence to approximate the number of women who will forego or postpone surgical abortion incidental to the inoperability of the Columbia Facility", he said.

By its action, the administration has reaffirmed that abortion "is not family planning", said Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas. "It is AUL's long-time policy position that funds appropriated or controlled by the federal and state governments should be allocated away from the subsidization of elective abortion providers and toward comprehensive and preventive women's health care", she said in a written release. The provision barring providers from discussing abortion violates an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision requiring full disclosure of all relevant information needed to make healthcare decisions. If patients ask for an abortion referral, staff would be required to give a list of primary care providers with no indication as to which provide abortions.

"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", Rosenblum said. And it is something that we as Planned Parenthood will not stand for.

But Lytle-Barnaby said there's no medical need for a physical separation.

Deborah Oyer, MD, medical director of the Cedar River Clinics in Seattle, said her clinic was planning to join the NFPRHA lawsuit when it is filed. "Politicians have no business telling me what I can talk to my patients about".

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