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Maine gov: Trump abortion order is bad for state’s health

July 16, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic governor says the Trump administration ban on taxpayer-funded abortion referrals will deny health care services to women now that a major abortion provider is dropping out of a federal family planning program.

Augusta-based Maine Family Planning said Tuesday it will use private fundraising to replace hundreds of thousands in federal money that it had received via Title X.

The decision came in response to the Trump administration’s new restrictions.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says the new restrictions will deny Mainers access to services such as cancer screenings and reproductive health services. She described the restrictions as a “gag rule.”

Mills says she’ll work with Maine Family Planning to see if there’s a way state government can help. The program serves more than 20,000 Mainers.

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