The Trump Administration worked with a “hate group” to limit women’s health care options, according to documents shared by a whistleblower. In January, the administration announced that states have the right to exclude Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs.
According to the House Oversight Committee, recently revealed documents show that message came from a Deportment of Health & Human Services collaboration with Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal organization, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The alliance wrote the first draft of a letter that overrides Obama-era protections on women’s health providers and HHS officials use the letter to give states freedom to block Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood.
After the docs were leaked, Representative Elijah Cummings wrote a letter to the department calling for more transparency, stating, “The documents provided by the whistleblower raise serious concerns about whether the Trump Administration is now taking orders from an extreme right-wing interest group that is trying to deny American citizens the ability to exercise their right to obtain family planning services from the provider of their choice, which is guaranteed by federal statute.”
Thousands of physicians say that the change in regulation is a dangerous move for women’s health.