Federal judge hands down a devastating decision against Planned Parenthood in Missouri


For the most recent grant cycle, which runs from April 2018 through late March of this year, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England received $2.4 million in Title X funding, its president and CEO, Amanda Skinner, said.

The providers will still be able to perform abortions, but would have to do so in separate facilities and abide by the requirement that they not refer patients to those facilities. Maine Family Planning, a leading women's health care provider in Maine, announced last week that it would seek an injunction to prevent the edict from going into effect.

A federal judge ruled against the objections from Planned Parenthood against a Missouri law that is keeping them from re-opening their abortion services in Columbia. "Without abortion, there would be no Planned Parenthood because, according to their own president, it is their 'core mission'". Twenty-two health care providers in the city receive Title X funding, including Planned Parenthood and 10 NYC Health + Hospital sites.

"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.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is one of nine Democratic governors who sent the department a letter Tuesday saying they may take legal action if the rule stands.

"Title X funded health centers are frequently the only source of health care accessible for low-income, poor and uninsured women, men and teens", Alifante added. In that year, less than 4 percent of the services provided at the clinic were abortions, the staff said.

"The defendant's failure to properly supervise and administer the abortion service directly resulted in the failure of the pregnancy termination which resulted in injury to plaintiffs' interests in family planning and their interests in financial planning for the future of their family", the lawsuit says.

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"I can not imagine withholding information from my patients".

The American Medical Association has warned that the policy could have an impact beyond abortion. Health centers will no longer have to counsel women on all reproductive options, including abortion.

Advocates for women's care said the new requirements would create significant challenges for providers, especially smaller facilities with limited resources. "We won't withhold critical information from our patients".

"Yet we have also consistently opposed efforts to restrict certain providers from Title X and other federal health care programs because we believe that timely and convenient access to contraception services has been critical to reducing the number of abortions in our country over the past three decades", Sens.

Others welcome the Title X changes. In many cases pregnancy counseling and, when appropriate, abortion referrals, are also available under current rules. Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth.) "This new rule is a blatant attack on the personal relationship between a woman and her physician, and will do great harm to the health of our residents".

Specifically, Trump's rules would forbid family planning providers in nearly all cases from referring pregnant patients for abortion.