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Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program over Trump abortion rule

Rather than go along with the Trump administration's new restrictions on abortion counseling, Planned Parenthood announced on Monday it is leaving Title X, the federal family planning program.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued the new rule earlier this year, saying that health care providers who receive Title X funds cannot refer their patients to doctors who perform abortions. Planned Parenthood, which receives about $60 million annually through Title X, offers health care, including cancer screenings and contraception, to 1.5 million low-income women every year.

Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association, and other groups say this new restriction is unethical, as it denies women options and withholds medical information from patients. Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the rule.