Biden administration reverses Trump-era abortion rule
Biden administration reverses Trump-era abortion rule

The Biden administration announced Monday that it is reversing a controversial Trump-era rule that prohibited federally funded health care providers from making abortion referrals.

The US Department of Health and Human Services issued the final regulation, which is aimed at ensuring access to equitable, affordable, client-centered, quality family planning services. The rule fulfills the Biden-Harris administration’s commitments to restore access to a broad range of family planning and preventative health services.

This new rule replaces the 2019 Title X Rule, a decades-old federal family planning program, reversing the Trump administration’s changes to the program. It will allow health centers to receive funds despite whether they advise patients on ending their pregnancies.

The department stated that the 2019 rule had significant negative public health consequences, and the rule had been immediately challenged in several district courts by 22 states, DC, and multiple other major medical organizations.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement,

This rule is a step forward for family planning care as it aims to strengthen and restore our nation’s Title X program . . . [O]ur nation’s family planning clinics play a critical role in delivering health care, and today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction.

The rule is set to go into effect in early November.