American Medical Association, Planned Parenthood sue Trump admin for defunding abortion orgs
March 7, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association (AMA) are taking the Trump administration to court over a new regulation that threatens to cut a tenth of Planned Parenthood’s federal tax funding, claiming it will bring about a “public health crisis.”
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion business in the U.S. It aborts over 300,000 babies annually; 94 percent of its pregnancy-related services are abortion.
Last month, the administration finalized a rule that will require “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” ban “referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” eliminate a “requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral,” and require “more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies.”
The move is projected to cut almost $60 million from the $563.8 million Planned Parenthood received during the most recent fiscal year, and redirect it to women’s health providers that aren’t involved in abortions. This has provoked intense anger among abortion supporters and lawsuits from 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Planned Parenthood and the AMA filed their own lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, on Tuesday, NBC News reports, claiming that the result of this new pro-life rule “will be a national public health crisis in short order.”
The suit contends that the new rule violates a legal requirement that Title X patients receive complete and unbiased pregnancy information. Without being able to discuss abortion, AMA president Dr. Barbara McAneny argues, “physicians will be prohibited from having open, frank conversations with their patients about all their health care options.”
“Pregnancies that are unintended, and thus riskier, will increase,” the suit argues. “The number of abortions will also increase. And there will be fewer tests for sexually transmitted infections and cancer screens — putting patients and their partners at great health risk.”
The Trump Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services have declined to comment on the suits so far, but pro-life leaders have responded by arguing the challenges are without merit.
“Contrary to pro-abortion misinformation, the Protect Life Rule does not cut Title X funding by a single dime – it simply enforces the existing statute that draws a bright line of separation between abortion and family planning,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser responded. SBA went on to note that the rule “does not prohibit Title X providers from providing neutral, nondirective counseling about abortion” (emphasis added), and that “[s]imilar regulations were upheld by the Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan.”
The AMA is the largest association of doctors in the United States, representing about 240,000 physicians. While it enjoys a reputation as a leading medical authority above partisan politics, the AMA has made a number of increasingly ideological moves over the past several years. These include declining to renew its formal opposition to doctor-assisted suicide, endorsing human cloning, and attempting to frame the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex unions as a “health” issue.