Massachusetts to provide women’s health funds to offset Trump Admin. rule change


BOARD OF TRUSTEES. CIARA: MASSACHUSETTS IS NOW THE FIRST STATE THAT WILL HELP PROTECT FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS FROM FEDERAL FUNDING CUTS. THE STATE JUST PASSED A BILL, PROVIDING $8 MILLION TO OFFSET THE LOSS OF FUNDING, FOLLOWING CHANGES TO TITLE X BY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. TITLE X IS THE FEDERAL PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES BIRTH CONTROL AND OTHER REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES TO MILLIONS OF LOW-INCOME AMERICANS. UNDER THE NEW RULE, ANY ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES, OR REFERS PATIENTS FOR ABORTIONS IS INELIGIBLE FOR TITLE X FUNDING TO COVER S-T-D PREVENTION, CANCER SCREENINGS AND CONTRACEPTION. MASSACHUSETTS STATE SENATOR ERIC LESSER TOLD 22NEWS, WHY THE FUNDING IS IMPORTANT FOR SO MANY WOMEN. ERIC LESSER: “THERE ARE PEOPLE, WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITIES RIGHT NOW WHO ARE RELYING ON ACCESS TO THE HEALTHCARE SERVICES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE RUG IS NOT PULLED OUT RIGHT FROM UNDER THEM SO ABRUPTLY. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN WASHIGNTON, HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT OUR CITIZENS.” CIARA: MARYLAND PASSED A SIMILAR LAW IN 2017 IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RULE. BUT, GOVERNOR BAKER IS THE FIRST GOVERNOR TO SIGN SUCH LEGISLATION

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