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Planned Parenthood Asks Hartford To Help Offset Loss Of Federal Funds

Elaine Thompson

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is talking with Connecticut budget officials to help fill a hole left by lost federal funds. 

A recent Trump administration rule prevents health clinics that make abortion referrals from receiving federal Title X funding. 

Local Planned Parenthood officials say those federal funds helped them provide birth control and cancer screenings to 40,000 low-income women last year. 

Democratic state senators wrote to the state budget office on Wednesday and asked for help to fill the $2 million gap. 

A spokesman for the Office of Policy and Management says they have spoken to state agencies and Planned Parenthood about options to make sure Connecticut women have access to affordable health care. 

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.