Family Planning Clinics Given Longer to Comply With New Abortion Rule

MONDAY, July 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics will have longer to comply with the Trump administration's new rule banning them from referring women for abortions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The department said it "does not intend to bring enforcement actions" against clinics that are making "good faith efforts to comply," with the new rule, the Associated Press reported.

Last week, the department said immediate compliance with the new rule was expected of family planning clinics, but Planned Parenthood and other providers said the new rule took them by surprise and that they would defy it.

The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents family planning clinics, is taking legal action against the new abortion restrictions.

In a statement Sunday, the group called the Trump administration's new announcement "wholly insufficient," and it amounts to "a few bullet points," according to Clare Coleman, president of the group, the AP reported.

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