Scheduled parenting clinics in Vermont to receive federal funding
The Biden administration has repealed a Trump-era “gag rule” that kept clinics offering abortion recommendations from receiving funding from a federal program called Title X.
Prior to the “gag rule,” according to the Vermont Attorney General, around 10,000 people in Vermont were reliant on Title X funds for health care at Planned Parenthood locations. These services include sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing, birth control education, and birth control.
Funding for Title X is expected to resume in March or April 2022.
“Thousands of low-income Vermonters depend on these funds for basic health care,” said Attorney General TJ Donovan.
The only recipients of Title X funds in Vermont prior to the Trump Rule were the state’s ten planned parenting locations that were given state funds to replenish lost federal funds while the “gag rule” was in effect, so a planned parenting from Northern New England press release.
Lucy Leriche, vice president of Vermont Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood, said the organization received nearly $ 1 million a year under Title X in 2018.
According to a Vermont National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association report, 44% of people who used Title X-funded services had an annual income of $ 11,770 or less in 2015. The report also found that Title X-funded health centers in Vermont helped prevent 1,900 unwanted pregnancies in 2014.
While abortion rights advocates largely celebrate Biden’s decision, Planned Parenthood leaders have expressed concern about opening the new rule to Title X recipients to refuse to counsel patients or refer them for abortions.
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