Planned Parenthoods’ future now depends on its millions of donors and supporters. According to the healthcare agency, officials have reportedly decided to cease accepting federal dollars in a bid to avoid having to abide by a directive announced in May.
That directive perhaps makes it technically illegal for a clinic or physicians office accepting federal dollars to directly talk about or discuss abortion. Abortion is one of Planned Parenthoods’ toughest subjects and they remain staunch supporters of a woman’s right to choose.
The directive first put into place by the government outlaws federal dollars from being used at any healthcare organization in the United States that openly discusses the topic. The same directive, per documents, also has an impact even on organizations that may not directly offer abortion services even if they simply just mention it.
It is one of the toughest anti-abortion directives ever issued in the United States.
According to statistics, more than 1.5million low-income women depend on PP for basic necessities. Popularly, IUDs; contraceptives, pregnancy tests, disease tests and more. Many of these services are life-saving and tantamount to community-suicide now that their futures are in jeopardy at PP clinics.
In a press conference over the weekend, PP confirmed the news and stood by their stance to protect a woman’s right to choose and to maintain control over their body. “We will not be bullied” reads part of a statement released from the conference.
U.S states like Wisconsin and Minnesota have patients that surely depend on the services provided. But, in areas like those in which are underserved and low-income women may now be required to drive hundreds of miles simply just to get a pregnancy test or an IUD.
Several of these critical services are in part funded through federal programs. Among the most popular, actually is a program called Title X. The program helps serve underserved communities while eliminating outlandish hardships that the new directive has otherwise threatened to create.
In response to PP’s announcement, the American Medical Association has released its own directive identifying the governments’ directive as a direct violation of standard medical ethics in America.