Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X

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Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X

Protest in New York against Trump administration's additional Title X regulations.

Protest in New York against Trump administration's additional Title X regulations.

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Protest in New York against Trump administration's additional Title X regulations.

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Protest in New York against Trump administration's additional Title X regulations.

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On Monday, August 19th Planned Parenthood withdrew from the Title X program. Title X is a federal grant program used to provide family planning and healthcare services. The program allows low income families access to medical supplies and services: including contraception counseling, breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy diagnosis and counseling.  

Title X is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regulations regarding Title X have been revised and many clinics receiving funding are being censored on what they can speak about with their patients regarding abortion. The new regulations regarding the grant prohibit doctors from referring their patients to clinics or physicians that provide abortions.  Planned Parenthood attempted to persuade Congress to pass a bill nullifying the Presidents new regulations however, they were unsuccessful.

Acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, released a statement stating the organization will “not be bullied” by the Trump administration, and has decided to withdraw from the grant. 

 According to National Public Radio the new regulations are prohibiting doctors from referring their pregnant patients to clinics that provide abortions. Many doctors are afraid this new set of rules will begin to negatively influence a doctor’s freedom in the exam room, compromising doctor patient relationships.  

Ted L. Anderson, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released a statement addressing the ACOG’s views on the new regulations. 

“Title X plays an essential role in ensuring that millions of women have access to the full range of reproductive health care. Restricting clinics that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal funding represents inappropriate intrusion in the patient-physician relationship and creates unnecessary limitations for patients to access non-abortion reproductive health care.”  

Roughly 4 million people rely on Title X funding in order to see a physician. Roughly 1.5 million of those patients are served through Planned Parenthood, the organization receives about $60 million dollars annually from the grant to aid the community in a range of health care related issues. (nytimes.com)

According to plannedparenthood.org in 2016 , “health centers used Title X funding to provide 720,000 Pap tests, more than four million STD tests (including HIV tests), and nearly one million women with breast exams.” 

President Trump released a statement regarding the adjustments to the Title X grant. “For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding,” 

While taxpayers’ dollars indirectly support facilities that offer abortion services, the majority of the money granted to clinics is not funding abortion services. 

According to NPR.org, in a 2013-2014 budget report only 3% of the 10.6 million dollars funded abortion services the group provided that year. A large portion of the expenses was saved for STD/STI testing. 

   Planned Parenthood directly influences many of the lower-class citizens throughout America. By withdrawing from Title X the organization will be financially impacted due to the fact that the majority of their funding is through the government. Despite that Johnson has vowed to keep their doors open and to continue serving the public.