Under President Trump’s new budget proposal, the US government would withhold all federal funds from abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, and would bar these organizations from receiving any federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services through Medicaid or any other federal health programs, reports Hannah Levintova.
In practice, Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions would be prevented from participating in a full array of federally funded health programs that serve millions of Americans, particularly low-income patients, and consequently from receiving payment for non-abortion care, as well.
Thanks to the Hyde amendment, it is already illegal for federal money to pay for most abortions. So why the drastic measure?
The virtual federal funding “ban” imposed by Trump’s budget includes “Title X family planning grants, which help fund reproductive health care around the country,” notes Levintova, as well as “Violence Against Women Act grants aimed at sexual assault prevention and Centers for Disease Control grants intended to help prevent breast and cervical cancer. It even includes CDC funding for prevention and education efforts relating to Zika virus, which causes severe birth defects.”