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#NoGagRule

Planned Parenthood can’t participate in Trump-Pence administration’s Title X program if the unethical gag rule is put in place.

We stand with patients. Planned Parenthood's doors stay open — no matter what.

What’s the Gag Rule?

President Trump’s proposed “gag rule” is a dangerous and unconscionable attack on our health and rights. It undermines Title X, the only national program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. The program mostly serves people with low incomes, who couldn’t otherwise afford health care.

Every person deserves the best medical care and information — no matter how much money they make or where they live. And everyone has the right to information about their health care — including information about safe, legal abortion. And they won’t get that under the administration’s proposed rule.

The Gag Rule Would Do 3 Things:

1.

Add new restrictions designed to make it impossible

for patients to access care at Planned Parenthood health centers through the Title X program.

2.

“Gag” health care providers in Title X by prohibiting them

from telling their patients how and where they can access abortion safely and legally — even if that’s what the patient wants, and even if withholding that information threatens their health.

3.

Remove the Title X guarantee that patients get full and accurate information

about their health care from their doctor.

The gag rule puts the health and lives of millions of people at risk. #NoGagRule

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Who Supports the Gag Rule?

President Donald Trump

Vice President Mike Pence

HHS Secretary Alex Azar

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Who Opposes the Gag Rule?

Almost everyone

73% of Americans

More than 200 members of Congress

15 governors

80 mayors

274 state legislators

More than 100 public health organizations

Overwhelming numbers of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers

Not to mention the 4 million people who rely on Title X each year

See the full list

What are the Effects of the Gag Rule?

The gag rule makes it impossible for Planned Parenthood health centers to uphold their medical standards and provide complete, ethical, quality care through the Title X program. If it’s put into effect, Planned Parenthood would have no choice but to act in the best interests of our patients and providers and refuse to participate in an unethical Title X program.

Designed to block millions of people from care at Planned Parenthood health centers

Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41% of the 4 million people who get care through Title X funding.

Blocking these patients from Planned Parenthood health centers could mean millions of people would have nowhere to go for birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and even general wellness exams.

Harms people of color, LGBTQ people, and people in rural areas

Of the 4 million people who rely on Title X to access health care, two-thirds have incomes below 150% of the federal poverty level, and nearly half lack insurance. Because of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other systemic barriers that contribute to income inequality, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people in rural areas make up a large proportion of people with low incomes and rely on Title X for their health care needs.

  • 21% of people who rely on Title X identify as Black or African American, and 32% identify as Hispanic or Latino.

  • Nearly half of transgender people report delaying or forgoing health care because they can’t afford it.

  • More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or underserved communities, where access to health care is already severely limited.

Limits our reproductive health choices

The gag rule is an attempt to weaken requirements that Title X grantees offer patients a broad range of FDA-approved and medically accurate birth control methods. As a result, it could severely limit access to birth control across the country.

The gag rule is also a dangerous barrier to our constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion. Under the rule, if someone is pregnant and wants or needs an abortion, their provider is prohibited from telling them where to get one.

Or if a woman’s pregnancy would severely affect her health — for example, if she discovers that she’s pregnant after being diagnosed with cancer — she might not learn that abortion is even an option.

Makes it harder for patients to get the care they need

We know the consequences of the gag rule because a similar dangerous measure in effect on a global scale. One of the Trump-Pence administration's very first acts in office was to reinstate and expand a "global gag rule," which bans overseas groups from receiving U.S. global health funding if they even so much as mention abortion-related services.

Evidence has shown that the global gag rule leads to increases in unsafe abortion, as well as unintended pregnancies, women dying from pregnancy-related complications, and infant and child deaths. It also leads to health center closures, which leave people with no place to go for health care.

We should be ending the global gag rule — not importing a version of it to the U.S.

Our bodies are our own — and shouldn’t be at the mercy of the Trump-Pence administration. #NoGagRule

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Questions? Get the Facts

I go to Planned Parenthood for health care. What does this rule mean for me?

The gag rule affects Title X — the nation’s only program that provides free or low-cost birth control, STD testing and treatment, cancer screenings, wellness exams, and other reproductive health care. The gag rule is intended to block these Title X funds from helping provide free or discounted services for patients who get care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

We're committed to the health of our patients and will do everything we can to ensure that people can continue to get the high-quality care they need and deserve. Our doors are open to everyone.

At Planned Parenthood, we believe everyone — regardless of their race, income, or location — deserves the best medical care and information available. You can always call the staff at your local health center and ask about the options available for your care.

Can I still get care at Planned Parenthood?

Yes! All of our Planned Parenthood health centers are open and operating normally. As of now, this rule is not in effect. If anything changes, you can call your local Planned Parenthood health center or check plannedparenthood.org to get the information you need.

If the gag rule is finalized, we’re committed to working with policymakers and elected officials to ensure that people who receive health care through the Title X program will continue to have access to care.

What’s Title X?

Title X is the nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. It provides essential health care to people with low incomes, who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. Every year, Title X helps more than four million people access quality, affordable health care.

Of those four million people, two-thirds live under the federal poverty level and almost half lack insurance.The Title X program is there to help ensure that every person — no matter where they live, how much money they make, what their background is, or their health insurance status — has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, such as birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and annual health exams. It has received bipartisan support from Congress since its inception.

Many people who receive health care through Title X funding don’t even know Title X exists, but without it they wouldn’t be able to access this essential care. Learn more.

What does Trump’s “gag rule” actually do?

The gag rule is designed to block access to preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers, which serves more than 40% of the 4 million patients who rely on Title X funding to access health care. 

If it goes into effect, the gag rule would do 3 things:

  1. It would impose new rules designed to make it impossible for patients to get birth control, STD testing and treatment, and cancer screenings from reproductive health care providers like Planned Parenthood.

  2. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, and community health centers across the country could no longer refer their patients for safe, legal abortion services.

  3. Health care providers would be allowed to withhold information about abortion, even if the pregnancy poses a risk to the patient's health.

Learn more.

The Trump-Pence administration says its proposal isn’t a gag rule. Is it?

This is a gag rule. The Trump-Pence administration’s rule would make it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers, and any other provider in the Title X program to tell patients how they can safely and legally access abortion.

That’s the very definition of a gag rule — and the American Medical Association agrees.

When will the gag rule go into effect?

The administration set a 60-day public comment period, which ended July 31. During that time, nearly 500,000 people across the country— including health providers, hospitals, medical associations, health departments, and more — submitted comments opposing the gag rule.

After the close of the comment period, it will be at least a month until the rule is final — if at all. We’re doing everything we can to fight it.

How does “government funding” of Planned Parenthood work?

There’s no line item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood.

Like other doctors offices, clinics, and hospitals, Planned Parenthood health centers receive government funding for many services it provides to patients who rely on public programs for health care. These programs include Medicaid and Title X. No federal money can be used to pay for abortion services except in rare cases of rape, incest, or if the pregnant person’s life is in danger. Learn more.

Does the gag rule only impact Planned Parenthood?

No. There are nearly 4,000 Title X-funded health care providers in the country. The gag rule prohibits every single one of these providers — doctors, nurses, hospitals, and community health centers alike — from telling patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. It also removes the guarantee that you get full and accurate information about your health from your doctor.

The gag rule is designed to keep health care providers like Planned Parenthood from serving patients. While Planned Parenthood health centers make up just 13 percent of Title X centers, they serve 41 percent of all Title X patients.

After being blocked from these health centers like Planned Parenthood, millions of people will have nowhere to go for care. We’ll do everything we can to fight for our patients and make sure all people have access to the full range of reproductive health care services.

Can’t patients just go to other health care providers if Planned Parenthood closes?

Community health centers themselves say there’s no way they could fill the gap if Planned Parenthood health centers were no longer allowed to serve patients who rely on Title X funding for their health care needs.

Already, in many counties, Planned Parenthood health centers are the only places that provide uninsured people or people with low incomes the reproductive care they need, including IUDs, the birth control shot, and more.

If the gag rule goes into effect, millions of people could have nowhere to go for care under Title X. We’ll do everything we can to fight for our patients and make sure all people have access to the full range of reproductive health care.

Can’t Planned Parenthood just make up the Title X money with private donations or other funding sources?

Planned Parenthood’s mission is to provide quality, affordable health care to whomever needs it. We’ll do whatever we can to fight for our patients. If the gag rule goes into effect and Planned Parenthood cannot participate, we’ll work with governors who are committed to ensuring that people who rely on Title X for their health care needs continue to have access to care.

If you are able to donate, please consider giving to your local affiliate to support their services, or to our national efforts through the Planned Parenthood Action Fund or Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  

I want to donate! Where should I give my money right now?

If you’re able to donate, please consider giving to your local affiliate to support their services, or to our national efforts through the Planned Parenthood Action Fund or Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  

For more than 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable health care.

We’ll do everything we can to stop this dangerous rule, keep Planned Parenthood health centers open, and make sure patients have the best care possible.

 

President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar must listen to the health care community and withdraw this harmful rule, before it’s too late.

Tweet at Azar:

Hey @HHSGov & @SecAzar: Trump's gag rule blocks people from getting accurate information about their health care. #NoGagRule: Not now, not ever

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Kasey, physician, Alaska

“As an Alaskan, Title X is even more integral to my health care than many other citizens. Our state is divided into rural communities with limited access to health care, and Planned Parenthood is often the only provider of health services in the area. Without Title X funding, my fellow Alaskans and I simply will not have access to the care we need to survive ...”

Alto Charo, bioethicist, University of Wisconsin

“To require a provider to withhold information, and to actively mislead a patient through a lie of omission, is unethical.

It flies in the face of fundamental medical ethics and standard of care — full stop.” 

Ellen, OB/GYN, Connecticut

“... This new Title X ruling is just another step in preventing women of lower incomes from getting the health care they deserve. The government is making it impossible for women’s health providers to do our job. ...Politicians have no role in picking and choosing among qualified providers ...”

Haley

"As a physician, this rule is in fundamental opposition to the oath which I have sincerely sworn. It is unethical, irrational, and most importantly a tremendous detriment to my patients. I will not be silenced. And I will continueto vote accordingly."

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General

“...The proposed rules place restrictions on doctor-patient communication that are based not on science but on personal views many patients do not share.”

Health Affairs Journal

“Under the censorship requirements, grantees would be expected not only to withhold health care information from their patients but also to provide them with incomplete, misleading, and unreliable information regarding health care options.”

How Would the Gag Rule Affect Access to Health Care in My State?

Governors from a growing number of states are rejecting the unethical gag rule — with some announcing that they will be forced to altogether forfeit the administration’s Title X funding in order to protect the health and rights of their constituents.

So far, 15 governors have spoken out against the gag rule, and the governors of Hawaii, New York, Oregon, and Washington announced they’d have no choice but to refuse to participate in the Title X program should the gag rule go into effect.

See how many people in your state rely on Title X. Many people who access health care thanks to Title X funding don’t even know Title X exists. 

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