SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker says Illinois will not use federal family planning funds as long as Republican President Donald Trump’s administration prohibits women’s health clinics from referring patients for abortions.
The Democrat called Trump’s requirement a “gag rule” Monday on a national conference call in which Planned Parenthood announced it is ending participation in the family planning program rather than follow the rule.READ MORE: Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
Pritzker says Illinois will stop using the $4 million in federal money it typically disperses to 28 agencies providing women’s health care. He says that the state is evaluating options for providing services.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
Pritzker called the rule “an extraordinarily harmful approach that wouldn’t be tolerated in any other category of health care.”
A federal appeals court on Friday declined to immediately halt the rule.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
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