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Trump Budget Cuts Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year budget for 2018 strips all federal funding from Planned Parenthood and any other medical clinics that perform legal abortion services.

The budget ices out Planned Parenthood and others from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, notes Huffington Post.

An executive summary of the budget plan, which was leaked on May 22, says Trump's budget "follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood. This prohibition applies to all funds in the bill, including Medicaid."

According to Mother Jones, this budget would go beyond abortion by preventing low-income people from using their Medicaid coverage on non-abortion services at Planned Parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions.

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The budget reportedly bans other streams of federal money -- including Title X family planning grants, Violence Against Women Act grants, Centers for Disease Control grants to prevent cervical and breast cancer, and CDC funding to prevent the Zika virus -- from going to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide legal abortions.

The 1970s-era Hyde Amendment already bans federal money from being used to pay for most abortions.

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood's political arm, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, condemned the proposed cuts:

[The budget] guts programs designed to help women and their families put food on the table, get the medical care they need, and make ends meet. From day one, women's health has been squarely in the crosshairs of this administration.

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If passed, this budget would undo decades of progress for women when it comes to their ability to access health care, their economic advancement, and their ability to lead safe, productive lives.

According to Mother Jones, Trump's proposed budget also hurts low-income people by cutting spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit are also in the crosshairs, which will hurt most families financially, but the budget does give six weeks of paid leave for new parents after they have a child by birth or adoption. The paid leave money would come from unemployment insurance, and be regulated by the states.

New York Magazine notes that about 60 percent of Planned Parenthood's patients rely on federal money from Title X and Medicaid for their non-abortion health care services.

Nearly 40 percent of women ages 15 to 49 reportedly use Medicaid to pay for their health care.

Sources: Huffington Post, Mother Jones, New York Magazine / Photo credit: Charlotte Cooper/Flickr

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