Trump set to announce massive cuts to Planned Parenthood
The Trump administration on Friday will announce massive cuts to Planned Parenthood and other taxpayer-backed abortion providers, according to a published report.
Trump wants to cut $260 million in annual funding for women’s health operations like Planned Parenthood that have been political lightning rods for the pro-life, pro-choice battlefield, The Weekly Standard reported Thursday night, citing anonymous White House sources.
The administration is reviving a Reagan-era regulation — which has been derided by pro-choice activists as a “gag rule” — that would ban federally-funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.
Technically, federal funding can’t go to abortions — but women’s health organizations worked around that provision since the 1970s by formally referring patients to abortionists, who are often located within the same clinic walls, the Weekly Standard reported.
The Reagan Administration introduced regulations to end that blurred line, but it was tied up in court for years.
Even after courts sided with that Reagan mandate, ensuing Democratic and Republican administrations didn’t enforce it.
“This proposal does not necessarily defund Planned Parenthood, as long as they’re willing to disentangle taxpayer funds from abortion as a method of family planning,” the administration source said.
A rep for Planned Parenthood could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday night.
With Post Wire Services
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