Decision reverses abortion policy under Trump administration
The new rule will be effective from November 8.
“This rule is a step forward for family planning care as it aims to strengthen and restore our country’s Title X programme,” said HHS Secretary Javier Becerra. “Our nation’s family planning clinics play an important role in providing health care, and today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals – based on a patient’s needs and needs. depending on the direction.”
The decision came as the Supreme Court returned to the courtroom Monday and is expected to challenge abortion rights after blocking a restrictive Texas abortion law that limits the procedure to the first six weeks of pregnancy. .
The Biden administration took preliminary steps to undo the Trump administration’s policy in April.
Abortion-rights supporters called the Trump-era policy the “gag rule” because they said it bars doctors and other health professionals from presenting patients with all available family-planning options. They argued that by pushing family planning clinics out of the federal network, where uninsured women can receive family planning services, the Trump administration also cut off access for women in many underserved communities, where Planned Parenthood is the only provider that delivers births. Controls and provides other women’s healthcare. .
“The end of the title x gag rule is a huge win for patients, access to sexual and reproductive health care and health equity,” Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement Monday. “Title X is an important part of our social safety net, which can and should ensure that low-income people have access to essential health care without forcing providers to withhold referrals to all the options available to them. can reach.”
The change under the Trump administration was one of a series of steps taken by the former president to cut funding for abortion providers, a top concern for religious conservatives who form a significant part of former President Donald Trump’s base. and who shaped many aspects of his healthcare. Policy.
Federal dollars have long been prohibited by law from directly funding abortions, although advocates opposing the procedure say funding to providers such as Planned Parenthood, even for other services , essentially subsidizes them and makes it easier for Planned Parenthood and other clinics to provide abortions.
—Michelle Hackman contributed to this article.
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