CHICAGO — Planned Parenthood of Illinois has announced it will stop accepting federal funds because of a new Trump administration rule barring family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.
The administration notified clinics Monday that in the addition to immediately enforcing new regulations prohibiting federally funded clinics from making abortion referrals, abortions the clinics perform must be financially separate from services supported by the grant dollars.
Spokeswoman Julie Lynn said Tuesday that Planned Parenthood of Illinois will not accept federal funds as long as the regulations are in effect. Lynn called the gag rule illegal and a violation of medical ethics.
“It forces them to not give patients the full information about their medical care,” Lynn said. “And as a violation of medical ethics, by doing that, Planned Parenthood will not comply with the gag rule and we will not accept the funding. Because we want to make sure our patients have the care and the information they need to make the best decision about their health and their lives.”
Proponents of the new rules say they will help ensure federal money does not, even indirectly, help to fund abortions. Federal law has long prohibited taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.