The Trump administration on Wednesday is expected to pull payments to hospitals that operate in states that allow abortion, a move that could affect thousands of clinics across the country.
The move is likely to hit the largest hospitals, which receive tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, and could cause some facilities to close.
The Obama administration approved payments to states to run abortion clinics, but the Trump administration has not done so.
It’s unclear whether the payments are meant to cover the costs of performing abortions.
The money is intended to help fund abortion care for women in states where abortion is legal.
Abortion care at some hospitals can be expensive, especially in rural areas where women often don’t have transportation to a nearby clinic.
The Trump government is expected Thursday to announce a new program that would provide grants to clinics in states with abortion restrictions.
It could help clinics pay for abortions and provide additional funding for counseling services for women who have had abortions.
About 10 percent of women in the United States have abortions each year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for abortion rights.
The new program is part of an effort to reduce the number of abortions and improve access to contraception in the U.S. But a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, which administers the federal funding, said the Trump Administration is not reviewing how the payments would be distributed.
Abortion providers say that it would be unfair to expect them to close their doors after receiving funding.
The U.N. agency Women’s Fund International has called on the Trump government to immediately stop the payments, saying they are “crucial to the health and wellbeing of women and their children.”