A win for Pence and the Trump administration was moved forward on Friday, The Hyde Amendment: a proposal to ban Planned Parenthood or similar organizations from providing abortions in facilities that receive federal family-planning grants.
Using federal funding for abortions has long been a no-no, but now if the Hyde Amendment passes, the organizations would have to physically and financially separate the facilities to receive the Title X funding.
The move is likely politically motivated, at least on Trump’s part, throwing a bone to the Republicans worried about losing in the midterm election. The boon to the GOP was recognized by Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, “This is a major victory which will energize the grass roots as we head into the critical midterm elections.”
This new rule will remove the Title X requirement that abortion counseling be provided to patients, but thankfully, it does not include the “gag rule” the anti-abortion crowd was fighting for.
“This is an attempt to take away women’s basic rights, period. Under this rule, people will not get the healthcare they need. They won’t get birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, or even general women's health exams,” says the VP of Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood mainly serves those below the poverty line, with ⅔ of the patients coming from the poorest sectors, but the administration is trying to force the institution’s hand. Basically, requiring them to either stop abortion services or fund the facilities with private money.