Rhode Island's community health centers are complying with a new Trump administration rule that prohibits doctors from telling patients where and how to get an abortion.

The rule applies to providers who receive funding under Title X, a federal program that funds reproductive health services for low-income patients. The Trump administration has threatened to cut off Title X funding to any provider who does not comply with the new rule.

Most of Rhode Island’s Title X recipients get their care at one of the state’s community health centers. Those providers are complying with the rule, says Jane Hayward, the president of the state’s association for health centers. The rule stipulates that doctors may discuss abortion with patients, but their guidance must be “nondirective.” One way of avoiding “directive” counseling is by handing patients a long list of possible options for care. The list would include a mix of options.

“In those programs that are listed, there may be providers who provide abortion services, in addition to others who simply provide prenatal services,” Hayward says. “The change is you are not allowed to tell the patient which of those providers provide abortion services.”

The new federal rule drew headlines in part because Planned Parenthood announced it would withdraw from the program, forgoing about $60 million in funding rather than complying.

In some states -- like Utah and Minnesota -- Planned Parenthood serves the vast majority of the state’s Title X population. In Rhode Island, though, the organization has a much smaller footprint in Title X care: Only about 2,000 of the state’s 30,000 Title X patients get care at Planned Parenthood.

A spokesman for Planned Parenthood in Rhode Island says its local operation won’t discontinue services because of the organization’s withdrawal from Title X. According to the Department of Health, which disburses Title X funding, Planned Parenthood received just $30,000 in funding last year under that program. Among the state’s largest Title X recipients are Providence Community Health Center, which last year received $217,000, and Thundermist Health Center, which got $125,000.