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Title X changes make Syracuse Planned Parenthood patients more vulnerable

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Planned Parenthood recently decided to pull out of Title X, a federal program that allocates funds for reproductive health care and currently aids more than four million low-income citizens.

This came after the Trump administration implemented a new gag rule outlawing clinic doctors from explicitly referring women to an abortion provider. Some states, including Washington, Maine, and California, are legally challenging this rule and have promised to try to bridge funding gaps.

These changes mean some lower-income populations around America will be disproportionately affected, which is immoral and unjust.

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Debora McDell-Hernandez, the senior director of public and community affairs at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York in Syracuse, believes there’s a correlation between income and use of clinic services.

“People of limited resources often come to us because we charge people on a sliding scale,” McDell-Hernandez said. “We take your annual income into account when deciding the price for our services.”

The effects of Planned Parenthood’s decision ultimately vary by state, with some being hit harder than others based on their state’s legislation. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ensured back-up funding for family planning service providers in …read more

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