Sarah Mccammon, Forty Nine Year, Nineteen Years discussed on KQED Radio Show


I'm Sarah McCammon family planning clinics around the country that provide health services to low income Americans have been getting some mixed messages recently from the federal government this past week the trump administration said it would immediately begin enforcing new rules for the title ten family planning program which would eliminate funding to organizations that provide or counsel patients about abortion then this weekend we learned that trump administration officials are now saying they will not immediately take action against groups deemed to be working in good faith to comply clear Coleman is the CEO of the national family planning and reproductive health association which represents family planning clinics around the country she joins us now welcome thank you it's nice to be here so first let's talk about title ten what is its role in providing reproductive health services and how is the trump administration trying to change the program of the total time program is now in its forty nine year and it was established to equalize access to modern forms of contraception and to help people both achieve pregnancy and prevent pregnancy our last year the trump administration introduced a new set of rules which represent the most consequential changes to the title ten program since it was enacted in nineteen seventy it changes the rules around how we can speak to patients about their contraceptive care it allows providers to select the range of contraceptive methods that are offered and would allow providers to exclude methods that they object to even if patients are interested in those methods and it also limits the conversation that clinicians can house with patients once I have a positive pregnancy test now president trump and other Republicans have run on promises to Quinn would defund Planned could this policy change is an effort to move in that direction not just for Planned Parenthood but for other groups of course now the objection I cover this issue quite a bit in the the objection from anti abortion rights groups is that they state that funding for abortion should in no way be co mingled or overlapping with other services and and so I would ask why couldn't these groups just stop providing abortions were referring patients for abortions well the title ten program has prohibited use of title ten dollars for abortion care since its inception and current grantees and some recipients follow very detailed rules that help you demonstrate when you have five title ten funds that support family planning services STI treatment and screening cancer screening and then any abortion care that is provided in the same organization those rules go down to the very detail of financial reporting and our grantees report quarterly the administration has not been able to document either in the role in testimony before Congress or in any public documentation that there is any abuse what so ever of the prohibition on title ten funds and what does this mean for the patients it can be very confusing and candidly it may be invisible but I think for many low income people they know exactly how much cash they have in the bank but they're not necessarily tracking the rules and one of our great fears is that folks are going to begin to encounter this when a service that used to be available to them suddenly not available or they're presented suddenly with a bill so I'm concerned I think lots of us are concerned that all of the decisions and considerations and guidance and coming back and forth between the feds and additionally the litigation that continues that patients won't really begin to feel the impact until they ask for something that is no longer available to them where they live Cllr Coleman is the CEO of the national family plan ng and reproductive health association thank you so much you're welcome it's my pleasure one of the most influential voices on sex and relationships for a generation of evangelical Christians announced this week that he and his wife are separating after nineteen years of marriage Joshua Harris's book I kissed dating goodbye was published in nineteen ninety seven when he was in his early twenties it became a manual for young evangelicals looking for love in recent years Harris has apologized for some of the ideas he promoted and publicly wrestled with them in a documentary in an interview with me last year Harris talked about going through that process with his wife Shannon I think it's it's made us realize how there's heartache and there's pain no matter what path way you choose in life there's no path that you can choose that can protect you from that this week on Instagram Harrison his wife announced quote we're writing to share the news that we are separating and we'll continue our life.

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