Biden Officials End Ban on Abortion Referrals at Federally Funded Clinics

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The change reversed a significant portion of abortion policy set forth under the Trump administration.

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WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Monday called on President Donald J. Trump reversed a controversial policy that prohibited organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning funding.

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The rules, set to go into effect on November 8, add to what’s known as the Title X family planning program, which is more than half a century old and provides access to birth control, cancer screening, and others for millions of low-income people. Subsidizes medical care. Patient.

“Our nation’s family planning clinics play a vital 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 direction. Based on this,” Javier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

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Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel L. Levine said the rule would allow the “Title X service network to expand in size and capacity to provide quality family planning services to more customers.”

The 2019 rule set by the Trump administration aggressively targets organizations that offer abortions, including Planned Parenthood, and was a top priority of social conservatives during Trump’s tenure as president. Regulations surrounding the Title X law of 1970 have already banned direct funding of abortions, but organizations such as Planned Parenthood have relied on Title X money to subsidize other women’s health services, such as that distribution of birth control and providing cancer screening.

Monday’s turnaround comes as the debate on abortion rights flares up again on Capitol Hill after the Supreme Court Texas Refused Last Month to Block Law Banning most abortions. Similar restrictions are in place in other states, and the court, now dominated by conservatives, is preparing to take on a case that could reverse the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, Democrats issue. the focus of our campaign strategy for next year. midterm elections.

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