Planned Parenthood could leave the Title X program as soon as next week
August 14, 2019 8:34 PM   Subscribe

The group says it will leave rather than follow the Trump administration’s “domestic gag rule.” Patients could suffer. The Trump administration earlier this year finalized a rule banning organizations that get money through Title X — the nation’s only federal funding program dedicated to family planning — from providing or referring patients for abortions. Now Planned Parenthood, which serves 40 percent of the country’s 4 million Title X patients, says it will be forced to leave the program next week unless courts act to block the regulation, known by some as the “domestic gag rule.”
posted by Homo neanderthalensis (26 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
So this is the Mexico City Policy, applied domestically? I had thought US courts had struck that down years ago (within the US, that is), but wiki's a bit vague and seems to imply that that was just a government backdown. I wonder if the challenges in question could be revived?
posted by pompomtom at 8:42 PM on August 14, 2019 [2 favorites]




This is horrifying. But predictable, which is also horrifying.
posted by biogeo at 8:51 PM on August 14, 2019 [30 favorites]


From the article:
But Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health advocates see it as part of a larger attempt by the administration to restrict not just abortion, but contraception as well. They point to the fact that the administration awarded a $1.7 million grant this year to the anti-abortion group Obria, which offers training on the rhythm method and has promised “to never provide hormonal contraception.”
I'm furious.
posted by biogeo at 8:55 PM on August 14, 2019 [35 favorites]


Brazen, craven bullshit.
posted by loquacious at 8:55 PM on August 14, 2019 [11 favorites]


The Trump administration: horrifying. But predictable, which is also horrifying

I feel like that applies to a lot of the administration's not just this issue
posted by CostcoCultist at 8:58 PM on August 14, 2019 [5 favorites]


You all realise that this rule has applied outside US borders for yonks, right?

The Trump administration:

...is just reviving a rule instituted by previous administrations.
posted by pompomtom at 9:05 PM on August 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


At this point, I would vote for a moldy sock if it ran against Trump. I don't give a damn, at this point. He's a danger to the republic and he's gotta go.
posted by They sucked his brains out! at 9:57 PM on August 14, 2019 [5 favorites]


You all realise that this rule has applied outside US borders for yonks, right?

Yes and people here are and have been mad about that too. This post is about Planned Parenthood in the US.
posted by sio42 at 4:49 AM on August 15, 2019 [53 favorites]


(Oh hey this reminds me: someone must be keeping a list of all the craven bullshit the Trump Admin has managed to accomplish so far: can anyone share a link to that list?)

Amy Siskind!
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs at 5:14 AM on August 15, 2019 [7 favorites]


Meanwhile, "pro-life", anti-birth control, religious bullshit artists like Obria Group are getting in on that sweet, sweet Title X funding. WaPo "New federally funded clinics emphasize abstinence, natural family planning".
posted by kimdog at 6:22 AM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Not surprising. He can't win using only the brazenly racist, true-believing Trump supporters. So, he has to make sure the GOP gets what they want--those who will support him so long as he's signing their bills and appointing their justices.*

The alleged Christians want abortion banned outright, and, until they get that, as difficult and humiliating as possible for women who want to exercise control over their bodies. So, Trump will give them what they want to get their vote.

*These folks are racists, too, by virtue of walking past it.
posted by MrGuilt at 6:28 AM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


What’s not really clear about this article is that Title X also provides funding for sexual health education. Planned Parenthood losing this money means a lot of people will also go without basic sexual health knowledge.
posted by raccoon409 at 8:00 AM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Pro-life? Yeah right.

Trump is beyond asshole. If you aren't a rich white man, then forget it. I would say he doesn't give two fucks about anyone who doesn't fit into the rich/white/conservative/pro-life category but the truth is giving two fucks would actually be an improvement. Right now he's actively working against a huge segment of this country. A moldy sock (with holes and toe fungus) is a better choice as They sucked his brains out! said. I'd say They sucked his brains out! about Trump but that's being too generous.
posted by kathrynm at 8:24 AM on August 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


Let's be clear that this isn't just about Trump. Pence would do the same thing. The entire GOP would sell their children for power (but it's so much easier for them to sell other people's children for power).
posted by kokaku at 10:53 AM on August 15, 2019 [12 favorites]


Maybe I missed it in the article, but does anyone know how much money Planned Parenthood gets from Title X?
posted by kokaku at 10:53 AM on August 15, 2019


"more than $286 million this year" according to NPR.

That's out of an annual revenue of 1.3Bn, which I believe includes government funding other than Title X.

These people are horrid fuckers, and it very much isn't just Trump or his admin - any GOP takeover of the executive and Senate was going to end up exactly this way, from McCain on.

Not to RLTP, but this is one of many reasons I got pretty pissed at the "I'm not sure who's worse" crowd in 2016.
posted by aspersioncast at 11:37 AM on August 15, 2019 [15 favorites]


I really don't think Trump himself gives a shit one way or another about abortion or Planned Parenthood. He's in favor of this only inasmuch as the people who tell him he's great all the time also tell him that Planned Parenthood is bad. He's surrounded himself with yes-men puppeteers like Pence who know that Trump's talent for chaos and misdirection makes him an excellent tool for achieving their aims of depriving people of medical care and information; I really think this is the only reason people like Pence support him. These supposed "pro-life" activists will compromise any principle in service of their goal to deny people their medical autonomy when that conflicts with them being "punished" with pregnancy for their supposedly immoral sexual choices.
posted by biogeo at 12:38 PM on August 15, 2019 [6 favorites]


[Trump]'s surrounded himself with yes-men puppeteers like Pence who know that Trump's talent for chaos and misdirection makes him an excellent tool for achieving their aims of depriving people of medical care and information

(Pausing to note that you can substitute "depriving people of medical care and information" for any other right-wing wish.)

If I'm reading this correctly, you are saying Trump, who sees himself as the ultimate deal maker, exceptionally powerful, and a Very Stable Genius and hires the Very Best People, is regularly getting played by the Yes Men he's hired.

Page Alanis Morissette. This is ironic.
posted by MrGuilt at 12:59 PM on August 15, 2019 [3 favorites]


Trump, who sees himself as the ultimate deal maker, exceptionally powerful, and a Very Stable Genius and hires the Very Best People, is regularly getting played by the Yes Men he's hired.

That this isn't obvious to every single living person who's ever heard of the man is continually astounding to me.
posted by aspersioncast at 2:10 PM on August 15, 2019 [10 favorites]


I think we can find ways to roundly condemn trump without slut-shaming. #teamslut
posted by supermedusa at 6:16 PM on August 15, 2019


Looks like ive responded to a comment thats been deleted?
posted by supermedusa at 6:18 PM on August 15, 2019


Trump isn't getting played - he's doing whatever he needs to continue his grift. If he needs to go along with horrible people he doesn't entirely disagree with because that lets him continue skimming money from appointments and shitting all over the emoluments clause, then that's exactly what he'll do. Whatever he's doing visibly, there's almost certainly a massive amount of corruption funneling money to him behind the scenes.

tl;dr everything coming from the right is horrible - why not both?
posted by kokaku at 5:29 AM on August 16, 2019 [2 favorites]


Trump isn't getting played - he's doing whatever he needs to

He’s reimplementing decades-old policy, representing the views of the US populace, making America something again..
posted by pompomtom at 10:00 AM on August 16, 2019


If you want to blame something on Trump, it’s laziness.
posted by pompomtom at 10:07 AM on August 16, 2019


Its important to remember that the end game for the so-called "pro life" movement is to pass laws similar to what we've seen in El Salvador and other Latin American nations banning abortion entirely in all circumstances and prosecuting miscarriages among non-privileged women as murder.

Two days ago the courts in El Salvador decided to try a woman, for the second time, for aggravated murder after she suffered a miscarriage following a rape. They want her to be in prison for 33 years for having a miscarriage.

That is what Trump, every member of the Republican Party, and every forced birther in America either actively want or are willing to accept as a price for other policy items.

We've had a back and forth on a global gag rule for decades now, as with everything else Trump is simply taking existing policy and turning up the volume. It isn't unreasonable to think that the courts will side with Trump and from now on we'll see Title X also bouncing back and forth with a gag rule when a Republican is in the White House and no gag rule when a Democrat is in office.

Do not make the mistake of thinking they will stop here though. Their goal is a total ban on all abortion with no exceptions. And then they'll step up their efforts to ban contraception.
posted by sotonohito at 1:20 PM on August 16, 2019 [4 favorites]


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