Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X family planning program

Planned Parenthood announced on Monday that it was withdrawing from Title X, the federal family planning program that provides affordable birth control, over a new Trump administration rule that bars clinics in the program from giving abortion provider referrals.

Calling the provision an “unethical gag rule,” the reproductive health care network said it was dropping out of the program rather than complying with it.

The Title X program serves about 4 million women nationwide through grants to healthcare providers that fund family planning services, including birth control, pregnancy tests and STD screening. Grant recipients were given a deadline of Monday to explain how they would comply with the new rule.

Planned Parenthood’s decision to leave Title X could affect more than 1.5 million low-income women who use the provider. The organization is Title X’s largest grant recipient, serving 40 percent of all Title X patients.