Make no mistake, the gag rule is an attack on the patients who rely on Planned Parenthood. That’s because Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41% of the 4 million patients — or more than 1.6 million people — who get care through the Title X program.
In many communities, Planned Parenthood is the only source of reproductive health care. When patients can’t seek care from Planned Parenthood, many will have nowhere else to go and community health centers themselves say they couldn’t fill the gap. Many people will delay getting health care or simply go without it altogether.
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 international 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.