BREAKING: Planned Parenthood Withdraws from Federal Funding Program

On Monday, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced its decision to withdraw from a federal funding program, Title X, instead of adopting the Trump administration’s new rules regarding family planning.

The move comes after a contentious courtroom battle over the administration’s decision to halt federal funding for clinics that refer women for abortions, which came last month.

The Trump administration’s new rules did not sit well with Planned Parenthood, who opted to withdraw from the program rather than cease abortion referrals, costing the group an estimated $60 million dollars a year.

Under the new policy, clinics can only refer women for abortions in instances of rape or other medical emergencies in which the mother’s life would be at risk, with clinics losing federal funding for abortions in other cases.

The organization replied to the decision, which it called a “gag rule,” and said the move was a “direct attack” against Planned Parenthood while vowing, “we will not stand for it.”

Planned Parenthood President, Alexis McGill Johnson, said the group “will not be bullied into withholding abortion information from our patients,” and called the move “unethical and dangerous.”

Planned Parenthood urged its largely left-leaning supporters to demand “action” from Congress while denouncing the Trump administration for its decision.

In response, a spokesperson from the Department of Health and Human Services explained “Every grantee had the choice to accept the grant and comply with the program’s regulations, or not accept the grant if they did not want to comply.”

The HHS spokesperson continued, “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.”

Pro-life activists praised the decision, with March for Life’s President, Jeanne Mancini, noting that “Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning, and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion.”

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