Clinic plan could compromise access to abortion
Additionally, a new Trump administration proposal to revive what is popularly known as the “house gag rule” would make direct referral of patients seeking abortions to the new facility impossible. Under the proposed rule, “Title X programs may not, directly or indirectly, facilitate, promote or encourage abortion in any way.” If this rule goes into effect, as most expected, it would prevent providers at the proposed Long Wharf site from giving referrals for abortions at the York Street clinic, let alone the already banned “affirmative actions”. , unless the safety of the patient is in danger. . Even if a woman is adamant about her choice to terminate her pregnancy, all a provider can do is offer a comprehensive list of health care providers, who “should not identify providers who perform abortion in the future. as such ”. Although primary care providers cannot refer patients directly to abortion providers, they will be required to arrange referrals to antenatal services even if the patient does not request or want these services. The Office of Demographic Health and Social Services Affairs, led by former President and CEO of the Anti-Abortion Life Network, Diane Foley, will likely finalize the proposed rule by January with minimal changes.