The white house issued a rule, Friday, which will strip millions of dollars from infamous abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Politico has more:
While the revamp of the Title X program does not accomplish the full defunding of Planned Parenthood that Republicans have called for, it is a major step in that direction, and marks another major policy win for social conservatives looking to prohibit access to abortion.
Under the rule, clinics would still have to provide an array of contraceptive services but could partner or subcontract with groups that stress abstinence only or natural family planning. It would also bar Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that accept the funding from making any abortion referrals or performing abortions — regardless of the funding source — at the same facilities where they provide Title X services like birth control, mammograms and cancer screenings.
If not put on hold by a court injunction, the rule will go into effect 60 days after it is published in the federal register in the coming days.
Critics of the new policy, which will almost certainly end up in federal court, say it will amount to a “domestic gag rule” that prohibits health care providers from fully counseling their patients on their reproductive choices without government interference. Abortion rights groups have already sued the Trump administration over the way grant funding under the program is being distributed, arguing the criteria improperly stress abstinence over access to all FDA-approved forms of contraception.