Congress Fails to Protect Title X
UPDATE: Congress failed to include language in the 2020 spending bill that would have reversed the gag rule. In mid-2019, the Trump administration forced Planned Parenthood and direct grantees in 15 states out of the Title X program with the gag rule. This is a targeted blow to the millions of patients who get birth control, cancer screenings and other essential care through Title X. We cannot stand for this.
The Gag Rule Does 3 Things:
“Gag” health care providers in the Title X health care program
by making it illegal for them to tell their patients how and where they can access abortion safely and legally.
Prevent patients from getting full and accurate information
about all of their options. Planned Parenthood won’t withhold critical information from our patients because of our commitment to ethical patient care
Add new restrictions specifically designed to block patients
from coming to Planned Parenthood.
Our doors are open
You can still get services at Planned Parenthood. We’re working to make sure that all patients can still get the health care they need. To find out if you can still get free or low-cost services at Planned Parenthood, call your nearest Planned Parenthood health center.
“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 ...”
Alta 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 ...”
"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."
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.”