Planned Parenthood Plans To Join The Fight Against New Abortion Rule

Bernie Tafoya
February 28, 2019 - 1:55 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Planned Parenthood said it plans to join in the fight to proposed federal funding changes that could impact millions of women around the country.

The head of Planned Parenthood of Illinois said at least 50,000 low-income women in this state would be affected by the proposed Title X funding changes by the Trump Administration.

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"The new rule makes it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers and any other medical provider who receives Title X funding to tell patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. It’s the exact definition of a gag rule," said Jennifer Welch, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois.

Welch said money from Title X does not go towards abortions. Instead, she said it goes to wellness exams, cancer screenings and birth control. 

"Planned Parenthood of Illinois is disappointed with this admin’s effort to stop providing birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford health care without Title X support," she said.

Illinois is one of several states threatening legal challenges if the changes go through.

According to Welch, more than 50,000 women in Illinois were provided contraceptive care by Planned Parenthood in 2015, the last year completed numbers have been reported.

"Those are people who are going to have to find another reproductive health care home if the administration succeeds in the Title X changes that they’re forcing through," she said.

Welch accuses the Trump/Pence Administration with "attacking access to health care in every way it can."