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Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program Photo: Planned Parenthood/MGN

Updated: August 19, 2019 04:42 PM

Planned Parenthood says it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting participants from referring patients for abortions.

Planned Parenthood's acting president and CEO says the organization's nationwide network of health centers will remain open and strive to make up for the loss of federal money.

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But Alexis McGill Johnson predicts that many low-income women who rely on Planned Parenthood services will "delay or go without care."

About 4 million women are served nationwide under the Title X program, which distributes $260 million in grants to clinics. Planned Parenthood says it has served about 40% of patients.

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Attorney General Keith Ellison said in March that the affected programs, including Planned Parenthood, served more than 55,000 Minnesotans in 2017.

A federal appeals court is weighing a lawsuit to overturn the rule but has allowed the administration to begin enforcement.

Gov. Tim Walz tweeted, "All women deserve access to affordable, reliable health care. Title X is a critical program that helps nearly 1 million Minnesotans – particularly low-income women and women in Greater MN – access preventative care like cancer screenings and birth control."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released the below statement:
"Minneapolis' own Title X-funded Planned Parenthood clinic has made access to quality healthcare – including referrals for abortion – possible for thousands of people in Minneapolis. The Trump administration's gag rule reflects a pervasive and cruel series of attempts to roll back decades of progress for reproductive rights. In our city, we remain committed to supporting our residents and Planned Parenthood, a remarkable healthcare provider and community partner."

Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) issued the following statement:
"This is dreadful news and I continue to be appalled by the Trump Administration's assault on the health care of Minnesotans. More than 6,000 friends and neighbors in our Congressional District now risk being denied access to critical health care needs. Hardened ideological politics have no place in an exam room, especially when they prevent care providers from giving their patients sound medical advice. We must forcefully oppose this gag rule and work to ensure that every American has access to the health care they need."

Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman released the following statement:
"This unethical gag rule will limit women's access to health care, and Minnesotans should be able to access the health care they need without political interference. Reproductive health care is basic health care, yet in 2019, it is under constant attack. DFLers in the Legislature will continue working to make sure all Minnesotans can get the full range of reproductive health care they need."

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