With Word And Deed, Trump Rallies Abortion Rights Opponents In Midterms

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The WNBA slammed the Trump administration Friday after the White House announced plans to resurrect a rule banning federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with patients. According to reports, however, the rule is meant to push Planned Parenthood and other reproductive healthcare providers out of the Title X program if they provide or refer patients for abortions, and would allow providers in the program to withhold comprehensive information from patients about their options.

In a statement, Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens called the proposal "the worst attack on women's health and rights we've seen from the Trump-Pence administration" and described the policy as "straight out of the Handmaid's Tale" - a reference to the Margaret Atwood novel and Hulu series about a fictional oppressive regime that forces young women to bear children against their will. By threatening money for birth control and other family-planning services, the administration's strategy is likely to backfire, leading to higher rates of unwanted pregnancies and more abortions rather than fewer.

Congress allocated approximately $286 million for family planning in 2017.

Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, welcomed the administration's intent to offer a rule "clearly stating that family planning does not include abortion". The fight for the right to retain autonomy over our bodies and keep ourselves healthy is being stripped away, and we can not let it go unnoticed.

Trump's position on a woman's right to choose has waivered.

President Donald Trump is expected to outline the changes at a gala fundraiser Tuesday evening for the anti-abortion nonprofit Susan B. Anthony List. It says it spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton and promote a "pro-life Senate".

Moreover, the proposal does not cut funding for family planning services. However, the proposed regulations are similar to Reagan-era regulations, and those were upheld by the Supreme Court in Rust v. Sullivan. It's a sideways attack on abortion rights, taken after abortion opponents have failed to convince either the legal system or their fellow citizens of the rightness of their cause.Federal funding - from both Title X and Medicaid - is never used for abortions in the US, except in very rare cases involving rape or maternal life endangerment.

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"The WNBA stands with Deliberate Parenthood towards the Trump administration's most up-to-date assault on a lady's proper to cheap, secure and complete well being care", WNBA president Lisa Borders stated in an announcement.

So why has Planned Parenthood hundreds of millions of our tax dollars over the years, including through Title X?

Meantime, abortions have declined significantly.

Even if they don't perform the procedure - even if they only refer a patient who wants an abortion to another clinic - all of the federal money dedicated to family planning services would be yanked. But we shouldn't expect the nation's abortion giant to give up piles of free taxpayer money without a fight.

In need of strong turnout from the GOP base in the midterm elections, President Trump rallied anti-abortion activists at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night, telling voters that failing to turn out for the November midterms would risk undoing the victories they've won during the Trump administration.

We know how unsafe it is when doctors are restricted from providing information to their patients.

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