Trump Administration Forces Planned Parenthood Out of Title X Program
The Trump-Pence administration’s nationwide gag rule is destroying Title X, the nation’s only dedicated program for affordable birth control and other essential reproductive health care — and for the first time in nearly 50 years of the program, Planned Parenthood is out of Title X. Health care access is now at risk for those struggling to make ends meet — and Congress is our only recourse.
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.
“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.”
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