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Washington Withdraws From Title X Rather Than Comply With Trump Abortion Rules

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Washington state withdrew Thursday from the federal family funding program Title X rather than comply with new rules imposed by the Trump administration.

The Washington Department of Health informed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of their decision to withdraw from Title X rather than comply with the Trump administration rules banning Title X grantees from referring women for abortions.

“The State of Washington is gravely disappointed in HHS’s deliberate decision to force us and many other longstanding grantees out of the Title X program,” two state officials said in a letter to HHS, the Hill reports.

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“These new rules require our providers to deprive their patients of the information and services they need to make and carry out fully informed decisions about their reproductive health.”

Washington sued over the new rules and reportedly told HHS earlier this week that the state would not comply with the new rules. However, the state also asked that they be allowed to stay in the Title X program, without using the funding, while their case was in court.

HHS denied this request, saying that Washington must comply by Friday or face the termination of their grant. This might impede future federal funding for the state, HHS told Washington state officials, according to the Hill.

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

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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.

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.

HHS had set a Monday deadline for Title X grantees to show that they were complying with the new rules, according to the Hill.

Planned Parenthood also withdrew from Title X Monday, thereby forgoing about $60 million a year.

“We will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients,” acting Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said on a call to reporters, 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.

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

HHS did not respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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2 comments

  1. This entity should be forced by regulatory action to change its name to Planned Murder Incorporated. Margaret Sanger, the proud founder of this cabal, was a promoter of eugenics and desired to eliminate the black race in America. Black Americans comprise 13.3% of the population but Planned Murder Incorporated is working very hard to reduce that number. Thirty-six percent of all abortions performed by Planned Murder Incorporated is for Black Americans.

  2. Force Recon Marine

    Planned Parenthood doesn’t perform a single mammogram and performs less than 2 percent of all women’s cancer screenings in the United States. Yet, as America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood commits over 30 percent of America’s abortions—887 abortions a day, one abortion every 97 seconds, and over 320,000 abortions last year alone.

    In fact, Planned Parenthood is so focused on abortion that it aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption (it doesn’t do adoptions itself). If a woman with an unwanted pregnancy goes to Planned Parenthood, that child is 160 times more likely to be poisoned or dismembered than to be put up for adoption to a waiting family.

    Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for Pap tests is 0.97 percent. It performed 271,539 tests in fiscal year 2014-15, out of 28.1 million tests nationwide. (Source https://www.liveaction.org/… )

    Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for clinical breast exams is 1.8 percent. It performed 363,803 exams in fiscal year 2014-15, out of 20 million exams nationwide. (Source and note: These are physical exams, not mammograms. Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms. https://www.liveaction.org/… )

    Planned Parenthood’s U.S. market share for abortions is 30.6 percent. It committed 323,999 abortions in fiscal year 2014-15, out of approximately 1.06 million abortions nationwide. (Source https://www.liveaction.org/… )

    Planned Parenthood aborts 160 children for every one child it refers out for adoption. (Source https://www.liveaction.org/… )
    https://www.heritage.org/he

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