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Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Over Trump Abortion Rule

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Planned Parenthood withdrew from a federal family planning program Monday rather than comply with President Donald Trump’s abortion rules.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America withdrew from the Title X federal family planning program, according to Politico.

The move comes after Planned Parenthood officials petitioned for a stay against the Trump administration’s Title X rules in an Aug. 14 letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, NPR reported.

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The organization said it would pull out of the family planning program unless the court intervened.

“It means that some people will not be able to afford the care; it means that some people will have to make a decision as to whether or not they have the time to wait in line,” acting Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement. “It certainly means that there will be, potentially, a delay in care — or they will decide to forgo the care altogether.”

The Trump administration declared in July that taxpayer-funded clinics must stop referring women for abortions effective immediately.

Family planning clinics that refer women for abortions will be stripped of their Title X funding, according to a measure Trump’s administration instigated, CBS News reported.

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The rules require organizations that perform abortions or make abortion referrals to do so in separate buildings from those that receive Title X federal funds – a move that could potentially cost Planned Parenthood “tens of millions of federal dollars,” according to Politico.

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