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Planned Parenthood is also the nation's leading abortion provider, and abortion opponents see the family-planning money as a subsidy, even if federal funds can not be used to pay for abortions.

Those clinics normally receive federal Title X grants, which cover services like family-planning and HIV screening for low-income, under-insured and uninsured women. Planned Parenthood presently receives about one-fifth of the total amount of Title X funds distributed and serves about 40 percent of all clients who benefit from Title X.

At least two other states, Maryland and MA, took similar pre-emptive countermeasures months ago, enacting legislation to temporarily opt out of Title X if the new rule takes effect, and to provide state funding in its place.

According to NPR, Planned Parenthood says it will use "emergency funds" to continue to provide abortion referral services.

The administration's abortion restrictions, cheered by social and religious conservatives, are being challenged in court by groups representing the clinics, several states, and the American Medical Association.

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Illinois Republican Party spokesman Joe Hackler said the governor's decision was "wildly out of step with the public's views". It had been slated to take effect in May.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services won a legal battle to enforce the revised regulations, while a larger lawsuit debating whether the rules are constitutional continues.

Andrew Bath, executive vice president of the Thomas More Society, said the regulations are nearly identical to ones announced in the 1980s during President Ronald Reagan's administration.

It has been dubbed the "Protect Life Rule", although critics call it the "gag rule".

When President Bill Clinton took office, those regulations were altered again.

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Her clinic received federal Title X funding until July 1, when the state's funding kicked in. "That would mean abortion providers at Planned Parenthood wouldn't get Title X money unless they comply with the regulations". That doesn't mean there is less Title X funds or there will be fewer services provided by organizations.

Ameri Klafeta, a staff attorney at the IL chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the change in regulations is significant for family planning providers in the state, especially Planned Parenthood.

"To counter those who associate the organization with only abortion and use this misconception to attack its mission, I wanted to tell the story of all of its services - and in so doing, to normalize abortion care as the health care it is", Wen said. "In this state, we trust women to make their own health care decisions and will guarantee access to reproductive health care for all of our residents". "It is shameful to be holding a provider for health care hostage like this".

Mary Kate Knorr is director of Illinois Right to Life.

"We are not going to comply with a regulation that would require health care providers to not give full information to their patients", Jacqueline Ayers, a top lobbyist for Planned Parenthood, said Tuesday, according to CBS News.

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"President Trump's gag rule undermines women's health care and threatens the providers that millions of women and girls rely on, and we will not let that stand in the state of IL", the first-year governor said in a statement. The organization has argued that community health centers would be unable to absorb its patients if Planned Parenthood were forced out of business.

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