HEMPSTEAD, NY - Today, the Trump-Pence administration released its FY19 budget proposal, which continues the administration's efforts to strip away New Yorker’s rights and health care. This year’s budget plan proposes sweeping changes that, if implemented, would radically reduce people’s access to health care and information through vital programs, especially for women.
Statement from JoAnn Smith, PPNC President & CEO:
“The Trump-Pence administration’s budget imposes dangerous ideological beliefs of an extreme minority on all people — including residents right here of Nassau County. It undermines women’s health, dismantles programs like Medicaid and strips away the rights of the more than 13,200 patients who depend upon PPNC for health care. Last time Congress attempted to pursue similar policies, supporters and patients of Planned Parenthood of Nassau County helped to stop them dead in their tracks because of the potential impact. And now, the administration is using its power to advance an even more harmful agenda.”
On top of proposals to gut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Medicaid program — the insurance plan for one in five women of reproductive age — the budget proposes to:
- Block people from accessing basic, preventive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers;
- Eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program while continuing abstinence-only-until-marriage funding;
- Double down on policies allowing health care workers to deny information and care to women and LGBTQ people;
- Impose a new ban on access to abortion for immigrants in ICE detention facilities;
- Slash international funding for family planning by over 50 percent, while also emphasizing the use of “natural birth control” methods such as the rhythm method over other, more effective forms of birth control.
While the budget proposal does nothing to change policy on its own, this budget is anticipated to have significant impact as a framework for the administration’s policymaking. Last year, the Trump-Pence FY18 budget was a roadmap for the administrative actions they took all year. After outlining its priorities in the FY18 budget, the administration then:
- Emboldened states to block access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers in violation of long-standing federal law;
- Issued a rule that allows employers and universities to deny birth control coverage to employees and students;
- Shorten grants for teen pregnancy prevention programs;
- Curtailed grants under the Title X family planning program;
- Implemented the expanded the global gag rule, which puts vulnerable women around the world at risk;
- Issued a newly proposed regulation allowing health care workers to deny people basic information and care, putting the personal beliefs of health care workers over the health of the patients in their care;
Instituted a policy that would deny undocumented immigrant women in HHS custody their constitutional right to access abortion. These women have had to go to court to force HHS to allow them the freedom to control their own bodies.