The Trump administration has a new chance to oppose funding of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood and others, according to The Hill.
The Department of Health and Human Services will set the terms for Title X grants, a federally funded family health program that conservatives have opposed. The terms for the grants are expected to differ widely from the conditions set by the Obama administration, The Hill reported.
"This is the administration's first attempt to really kind of redefine what they want the family planning program to look like," said Audrey Sandusky of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.
"We anticipate some attempt to undercut the program," Sandusky said in The Hill's report.
Anti-abortion advocates hope that the Trump administration will bring back regulations that barred Title X providers from offering referrals and counseling related to abortion, or from encouraging or promoting abortion as a family planning option, the website reported.
"The best thing for healthcare and for women is that the receive (family planning services) in a setting that's devoid of the possibility of Planned Parenthood pushing quote-unquote options, when what they're doing is referring them to the abortion facility," said Steve Aden, chief legal officer at the Americans United For Life, according to The Hill.
Federal dollars such as Title X cannot be used to pay for abortions, but critics say that the money could still indirectly fund abortions by going to Planned Parenthood or other abortion providers, The Hill reported.
Changing the Title X terms would not keep Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood or other groups. "It would mean, though, that the Title X family planning program would have to be physically and financially separate from an organization's abortion activities," said David Christensen, Family Research Council vice president of government affairs, in The Hill.
"It's clear women's access to reproductive health care is very much in this administration's sights," said Kinsey Hasstedt, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, The Washington Post reported.
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