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Word on the street: Trump is planning to cut Planned Parenthood's funding on Friday
Another leak from the Trump administration reveals that Trump is planning to place additional restrictions on abortion clinics. (Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Word on the street: Trump is planning to cut Planned Parenthood's funding on Friday

The Trump administration is expected to lay out a rule to cut taxpayer funding of abortion clinics on Friday, as announced by an official who told The Weekly Standard that "The proposal would require a bright line of physical as well as financial separation between Title X programs and any program (or facility) where abortion is performed, supported, or referred to as a method of family planning."

Under Title X, $260 million in federal dollars is currently dedicated to contraception and "other family planning" initiatives.

NBC News reported that the new rule would force groups like Planned Parenthood to choose between federal funding and providing abortions in the same facilities where they offer additional services.

President of the Susan B. Anthony list, a pro-life group, said, "We thank President Trump for taking action to disentangle taxpayers from the abortion business. This is a major victory which will energize the grassroots as we head into the critical midterm elections."

The bulk of Planned Parenthood's federal funding actually comes from Medicaid, and the speculated new rule would not impact that cash flow. But the proposed policy would require that abortions be performed at separate facilities than other services, and by different employees in order to continue to receive federal dollars.

Friday's anticipated announcement is seen as a progression in President Donald Trump's plan to stop federal funding to groups that perform abortions.

Last month, abortion activists showed they were already expecting such a proposal. Senior policy analyst for the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, Heidi Williamson, told The New York Times, "Despite repeated promises that he would protect and invest in women's health, President Trump has once again shown that his words carry little weight.

"Trump's actions are creating a very real and damaging consequence for millions of women and their families, inflicting direct harm on already vulnerable communities."

Trump has expressed pro-choice views in the past, calling himself "very pro-choice," because of his New York background — but in the same interview with "Meet The Press" nearly 20 years ago, Trump said of the concept of abortion: "I just hate it."

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