- Rather than comply with the Trump administration’s abortion rule, Planned Parenthood announced on Monday that it will no longer participate in the federal family planning program.
- Under the Trump administration, clinics that refer women to get abortions aren’t eligible to receive federal funding under Title X.
- Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said “the organization’s nationwide network of health centers would remain open and strive to make up for the loss of federal money.”
- However, “she predicted that many low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood services would delay or go without care.”
- Johnson said: “We will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients. Our patients deserve to make their own health care decisions, not to be forced to have Donald Trump or Mike Pence make those decisions for them.”
- In response, the Department of Health and Human Services remarked “that Planned Parenthood affiliates knew months ago about the new restrictions and suggested that the group could have chosen at that point to exit the program.”
- DHHS said: “Some grantees are now blaming the government for their own actions — having chosen to accept the grant while failing to comply with the regulations that accompany it — and they are abandoning their obligations to serve patients under the program.”