BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — New Trump administration rules have local health care providers worried about the impact they may have on under-served communities. The main law would prevent any federally funded clinic from referring patients to doctors that perform abortions.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health announced it will pull out of the Title X federal family planning program rather than comply with these rules.
President Richard Nixon created the Title X program back in 1970 as the government’s only federal grant program specifically for family planning services.
Since it was signed into law, this program has led to the creation of dozens of clinics in New York and around the country solely devoted to using these grants to help low income and uninsured families.
New York and other groups like Planned Parenthood’s decision to withdraw from the program rather than comply leaves these clinics up in the air.
“They’ve already come out and said they may have to close and that is, that is closing their doors or severely restricting services,” said Julie Weisberg, the director of public communications for Family Planning of South Central New York. “Those are gonna be patients, those are gonna be people who are not going to receive the medical care they need.”
Weisberg said the local group does not provide abortion care services itself, but believes all patients should be given access to all possible options for medical treatment, and that this ‘gag rule’ is unethical and coercive.
New York State is expected to replace some of the potential half million dollars in local funding lost, but just how much is still unknown.