Planned Parenthood to exit federal program over abortion ‘gag rule’

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Planned Parenthood is scheduled to lose Title X funding on Monday after the Trump administration introduced a ‘gag rule’ that makes it illegal for any provider in the program to tell patients how or where to access an abortion.

Title X covers birth control and cancer screenings for roughly 11,000 Vermonters, and Planned Parenthood is the only Title X provider in Vermont.

They’re now asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Congress to intervene, but the organization is still planning to offer services without the funding.

“We are using emergency funds to continue to provide care to all of our patients,” said Eileen Sullivan, communications director for Vermont Planned Parenthood. “Now, it’s even more important than ever for Congress to act, there’s a spending bill the house has passed that provides protection for Title X and it’s up to the Senate to pass this bill.”

The ‘Gag Rule’ was introduced in February. If it goes through on Monday, Planned Parenthood estimates 4 million people across the United States could be affected, but their emergency funds will allow them to continue providing services.

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