The policy says money distributed under Title X of 1970 must be "physically and financially separate from programs in which abortion is provided or presented as a method of family planning, including programs that refer for abortions and programs that encourage, promote or advocate abortion as a method of family planning".
"It's going to cost this administration at the ballot box in November", Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Kevin Griffis said. A wide range of community health centers and hospitals across the city and state also received funds through the program, although they don't necessarily perform abortions. "If my patient decides to have an abortion, I should be able to give them a referral to a high-quality provider".
Suzanna de Baca, the current president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, will step down in September and will serve on the board of directors of the new affiliate.
Families and individuals can now hope for protection from the predatory practices of abortion-providing grant recipients demonstrably more interested in protecting their ability to make millions of dollars through abortions than they are in protecting the rights and safety of their clients. These few and far between clinics have to struggle not only to find the capacity to provide care for thousands of people, but to stay open under a constant onslaught from both anti-choice organizations as well as the federal and state governments.
Anti-abortion groups meanwhile hailed the planned move as fulfilling a key Trump campaign promise.
Other undercover investigations by pro-life organizations in the last several years have shown Planned Parenthood employees demonstrating a willingness to aid self-professed sex traffickers whose prostitutes supposedly were in their early teens, seeking to hide alleged child sex abuse and agreeing to receive donations designated for abortions of African American babies.
In recent years, Vermont has received between $775,000 and $781,000 annually through the program.
Currently, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a two-state affiliate overseen by a leadership team in Iowa.
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After a mandatory 60-day public comment period, organizations that accept Title X funding will have 60 additional days to comply by separating their finances into abortion-related funds and non-abortion funds.
All three members of Vermont's delegation came out strongly in opposition Friday. "The Trump-Pence Administration is once again attempting to undermine access to care for women and LGBTQ people, putting lives at risk".
"It's a slap that hits women in rural areas especially hard", he said.
If implemented, this will create a reality in which women with private health insurance receive comprehensive information, including referrals for abortion, from their doctors, while women whose providers are funded through the Title X program do not - because of restrictions imposed by the government on their doctors.
This rule is only one piece of this administration's assault on the nation's family planning program.
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., vowed to opposed the change.