Lindsay Whitehurst and David Crary Associated Press Published 7:41 PM EDT Aug 22, 2019 Salt Lake City – Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an abortion dispute with the Trump administration. The fallout is especially intense in Utah, where Planned Parenthood has been the only provider participating in the nearly 50-year-old Title X family planning program and will now lose about $2 million yearly in federal funds that helped 39,000 mostly low-income, uninsured people. It plans to maintain its services – which include contraception, STD testing and cancer screening – but is considering charging a small copay for patients who used to get care for free. Planned Parenthood in Minnesota is in a similar situation, serving about 90% of the state’s Title X patients, and plans to start charging fees due to the loss of $2.6 million in annual funding. The organization is concerned about the spread of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. “We believe there will be a public health crisis created by this denial of… Read full this story
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