Yet another draconain measure attacking women’s’ access to health care.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration has announced, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups.
The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the Republican administration is following “an ideological agenda” that could disrupt basic health care for many low-income women.
Ahead of a planned conference on Tuesday with the clinics, the Department of Health and Human Services formally notified them that it will begin enforcing the ban on abortion referrals, along with a requirement that clinics maintain separate finances from facilities that provide abortions.
Another requirement that both kinds of facilities cannot be under the same roof would take effect next year.
The rule is widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood, which provides taxpayer-funded family planning and basic healthcare to low-income women as well as abortions that must be paid for separately.
The organization is a mainstay of the federally funded family planning program.
I think that while many of us were distracted by Trump’s xenophobia and racism that we almost forgot that first and foremost he is an unapologetic misogynist.
And of course the fundamentalist Christians support this because the Abrahamic religions were essentially founded to oppress women and keep them in their place.
Trump and his cronies are simply following a tradition that is thousands of years old.