Planned Parenthood Of Western PA Says They Will Continue To Offer Services

The organization has opted out of the Title X federal funding program

Joe DeStio
August 20, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania says it will try to raise several hundred thousand dollars to make up for the loss of federal Title X funding.

The new Trump administration rule bars clinics that receive Title X funding from making abortion referrals. It also makes them physically separate facilities that provide abortions from other health clinic services.

Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania's Sara Dickson tells KDKA radio, “We are keeping our doors open and our patient care will not be sacrificed.”

Dickson says they believe it will be their poorest patients that are hit hardest.

The rule also imposes other restrictions. The Dickson says they're lobbying in Congress. 

“Right now we’re looking at Congress to pass title X protection in the annual government spending bill,” said Dickson.

Pennsylvania has joined more than 20 states in a federal court appeal to overturn the new rules.

The Title X gag rule goes into effect next month.

A report from Planned Parenthood’s most recent report shows 3.4 percent of its medical services went toward abortion services in 2017-18, with 48.7 percent going toward STI testing and treatment, 27.1 percent toward contraception, 13.4 percent toward other women’s health services, 6.3 percent toward cancer screenings and prevention and 1.1 percent toward “other services”.

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