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#ProtectX: Why the Title X Gag Rule Is Our Next Big Fight

The Trump-Pence Administration just issued a "gag rule" — one of the most dangerous and unconscionable attacks on our health and rights we’ve seen yet. 

It dismantles the Title X program — founded nearly 50 years ago to provide affordable birth control and reproductive health care for millions of Americans.

Read about it below and then then take action to #ProtectX.

What’s Title X?

(pronounced “Title Ten”)

Established in 1970, the Title X program provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, including those who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. The program has received bipartisan support from Congress since its inception.

If Trump wanted to roll back access to birth control and sexual and reproductive care — which he’s made clear time and time again — then launching an all-out attack on the nation’s Title X program is a surefire way to do that.
More on Title X.

 

What’s the Gag Rule?

The administration has issued a “gag rule” that bans doctors in the Title X program across the country from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would make it impossible for patients in the program to get birth control at places like Planned Parenthood, and it prohibits doctors from giving women full information about all of their sexual and reproductive health care options.

Most provisions of the dangerous gag rule will take place soon, and its consequences will be disastrous.

The rule puts health care at risk for 4 million patients — 41 percent of whom get their care at Planned Parenthood. The Trump- Pence administration might not think you deserve care, but we do. Health care is a human right, and we won't let this stand.

The Gag Rule Would Do 3 Things:

1.

“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.

2.

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

3.

Add new restrictions specifically designed to block patients

from coming to Planned Parenthood.

 

“Imagine if the Trump administration prevented doctors from talking to our patients with diabetes about insulin. It would never happen.

Reproductive health care should be no different. Reproductive health care is health care and health care is a basic human right.” 

— Dr. Leana Wen, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 

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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, including the American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

An overwhelming numbers of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.

Not to mention the 4 million people who rely on Title X for their health care needs each year.

See the full list

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

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Questions? Get the Facts

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

Planned Parenthood is committed to the health of its patients and will do everything it can to ensure that people can continue to get the high-quality care they need and deserve.

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! You can find your local Planned Parenthood health center, search plannedparenthood.org to get the information you need, or call 1-800-230-PLAN for care today.

Know that 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 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 41% of the 4 million patients — or more than 1.6 million people — who get care through the Title X program. 

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

  1. “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.

  2. 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

  3. Add new restrictions specifically designed to block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood.

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 providers 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.

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 those 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% of the 4 million patients who get care through the program.

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?

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. Community health centers themselves say there’s no way they could fill the gap.

Under the gag rule, access to health care for millions of people is threatened. 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.

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 ensure that patients get the best care possible.

 

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 ...”

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 ...”

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."

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 Can I Help Stop Trump’s Gag Rule?

Add your name to our open letter to save more than 4 million people who rely on Title X health centers from the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous gag rule.