Trump administration officials have set up a new $4.5 billion global health initiative to fund health and social assistance programs for low-income women and children in countries that have expanded access to abortion.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that the new initiative would help states “ensure that all women and girls in need receive access to quality, affordable reproductive health care services,” including health care coverage, contraception, STD testing and referrals to clinics.
It would also expand funding for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and provide additional funding for community-based reproductive health centers, according to a statement from HHS.
The funding would also help states make health and nutrition education more accessible to low- and middle-income pregnant women.
The administration’s plan comes in response to a push by President Donald Trump to end funding to Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion services.
Last week, the Trump administration announced it would phase out Planned Parenthood funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides food and medical assistance to low income people.
The Trump administration has proposed eliminating the $1 billion funding in the Supplemental Food Program (SFP), a federal nutrition program for low income Americans, in its fiscal 2018 budget request.
In addition, Trump said last week that he would not cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for low and middle income workers.