Saturday, November 26, 2022

Play

An investigative probe into how rules written for distressed rust belt property may benefit a select few; Small Business Saturday highlights local Economies; FL nonprofit helps offset the high cost of insulin.

Play

A Supreme Court case could have broad implications for the future of U.S. elections, results show voters rejected election deniers in many statewide races, and the concession phone call may be a thing of the past.

Play

A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.

Health Care Providers Gear Up (Again) As Trump's New Gag Rule Targets Planned Parenthood

Play

Monday, May 21, 2018   

WICASSET, Maine – If President Donald Trump's new effort succeeds to impose a so-called gag rule on family planning centers, access to women's health care centers across New England would be drastically reduced.

On Friday, the Trump administration started the rule-making process to bar family planning centers that receive federal funds from providing abortion information, referrals or even being in the same location.

Critics contend the administration is looking to energize the religious right and social conservatives in advance of the midterm elections.

Nicole Clegg, vice president of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, says activists are gearing up for a fight.

"Let's be clear this is an attempt to take away women's basic rights, period, and we will do everything we can to protect the rights of our patients to get the care that they deserve," she states.

At stake is $260 million in Title X funding for reproductive health care providers and centers like Planned Parenthood. The grant was designed to provide access for people who are underinsured, with low incomes or who live in rural areas.

Health care centers throughout the region depend on this funding to offer care.

States have passed more than 400 abortion and contraception restrictions since 2011, despite
many polls indicating a majority of Americans want to keep abortion legal and accessible.

Just last year the Trump administration's effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood was defeated.

According to Clegg, it was the medical community that effectively pushed back.

"The heart of this gets at the trust that a practitioner can establish with his patient, so if a practitioner is prohibited from sharing medical information, that dramatically impacts how care can be delivered," she points out.

Meanwhile, states across New England, including Maine and Massachusetts, have taken steps to expand access to family planning.


get more stories like this via email

Nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers operate nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …


Social Issues

By Lucia Walinchus for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Invest…

Social Issues

While many Iowa families gather through this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways with food and family, thousands of people take to …


The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)

Environment

Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

Health and Wellness

A bill headed to President Joe Biden's desk addresses a long-standing problem for domestic violence survivors, ending their ties to their abusers' …

The River Democracy Act would double the number of river miles currently protected as Wild and Scenic. (Jeffrey Schwartz/Adobe Stock)

Environment

Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …

Environment

California is number one in the country for dollars spent on camping, hiking, climbing, and biking, according to the latest federal data. The most …

Social Issues

As holiday shopping kicks into high gear, security experts are offering tips for avoiding efforts by scammers to separate people from their hard-…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021