Governor J.B. Pritzker backs Planned Parenthood after newly implemented abortion gag rule

Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics are joining forces to oppose a newly implemented abortion gag rule.

Governor J.B. Pritzker is standing with them.

Now that the policy is in effect, Planned Parenthood clinics will opt out of a federal program called Title X.

The program is dedicated to providing services like birth control and STD testing for women, specifically in low-income households.

Last year, the Trump Administration proposed requiring providers to comply with a gag order on abortion services. Planned Parenthood immediately said it could not sign the statement in good conscience.

Planned Parenthood's president says it feels it was forced out of Title X.

All of its clinics plan to send letters to the Department of Health and Human Services to announce its withdrawal.

The president of Planned Parenthood warned that without the funding, low-income women in rural areas will struggle to find family planning options at affordable prices.

The agency didn't specify how much money it would be losing.

Title X funding distributes about $260 million a year to clinics around the country, helping an estimated four million people.

As for Planned Parenthood, it receives about 40 percent of all Title X funding.

The Illinois Department of Health receives about $4 million a year, which is distributed to various clinics.

Governor Pritzker says the policy destabilizes women's healthcare nationwide. He says Planned Parenthood served 70,000 people in Illinois last year.

A federal appeals court in California allowed the gag rule to go into effect last week. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the case will be picked up again in late September.

08/20/19 10:41AM