Planned Parenthood is leaving the Title X program after the Trump administration imposed a new rule prohibiting federal funding recipients from either performing or referring women for abortions.
Planned Parenthood’s acting president Alexis McGill Johnson announced the decision on Monday saying, “Our position is that this isn’t about Planned Parenthood’s budget, it’s about our patients.”
She continued by slamming the Trump administration over the move saying, “The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X… The impact of the Trump administration’s gag rule will reverberate across the country.”
Ultimately, the abortion providers decision will lead to a loss of reportedly about 60 million dollars in federal funding.
The move comes as the Trump administration has made it clear it will stop at nothing to protect the lives of the unborn and restrict taxpayer dollars from funding abortion services.
The Department of Health and Human Service issued the new rule earlier this year which bars federal funding recipients from performing abortions and referring women for abortions.
There are exceptions to this rule which include cases involving rape, incest, or a medical emergency.
Medical providers are allowed to discuss abortion but cannot directly refer a woman to an abortion provider.
Although the Title X program does not allot funding for abortions, the money subsidizes wellness exams and other screenings which in turn frees up funding to perform an abortion procedure.
The Title X program was created back in 1970 in an effort to make family planning services more affordable and has around four million recipients across the nation.