Ahead of a planned conference Tuesday with the clinics, the Health and Human Services Department formally notified them that it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions.
In May, Planned Parenthood, led by Dr Wen, declared a state of emergency to rally people behind their cause.
The rule also stipulates that healthcare centers receiving Title X funds can not be located in the same space as abortion providers, though that provision isn't set to take effect until next year.
In June, a federal appeals court decided that the Title X changes could go into effect while the government pushes back on prior rulings that blocked them.
The federal government's $260 million family planning program serves 4 million women with low-priced or free health care services, including mammograms and Pap smears.
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Unlike her predecessor Richards, a longtime women's rights activist who hails from one of Texas' most prominent political families, Wen is a physician first and foremost. Planned Parenthood Action responded to the administration's enforcement announcement on Twitter late Monday, denouncing the rule as "devastating, illegal, and unethical". According to Planned Parenthood, a primary target of the new rule, "more than four million people rely on affordable birth control and reproductive healthcare services that are funded by Title X". Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy network, said the policy "simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning". No federal money is used to provide abortion services, the organization said.
Abortions are still legal in the United States under federal law, and under the new rule, providers at clinics receiving federal funding will still be able to discuss with patients about abortions, but can not promote it and will not be mandated to counsel patients about abortion. But turning down the funds means the organization and other clinics to which it distributes the federal funding won't have to comply with the new federal rule. "I thank Dr. Wen for her service and her commitment to patients", McGill Johnson said in a statement provided to Refinery29. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the court decision allowing for the regulations to take place was "a major step toward the Trump administration being able to ensure that all Title X projects.do not support abortion as a method of family planning".
Her departure leaves the nation's largest nonprofit provider of abortion care without a permanent president during a presidential campaign where abortion rights has already emerged as a top issue, and have been under fierce attack under the Trump administration, and at state level.
The Trump administration's policy echoes a Reagan-era regulation that barred clinics from even discussing abortion with women.