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What Does the Gag Rule Mean for Planned Parenthood?

And What Happens Now?

The gag rule keeps patients from having information about all of their options and forces doctors to withhold critical information from their patients. The 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.

Because Planned Parenthood is dedicated to acting in the best interests of our patients, our health care providers will be unable to participate in the administration’s unethical Title X program.

As of June 20, 2019, the government can enforce the gag rule in every state but Maryland. There’s no way to sugarcoat this: this isn’t great news. But the fight isn’t over, and this doesn’t mean that you can’t still get quality care at Planned Parenthood.

We recommend calling your local health center to learn about what your options are; it is likely that you can still receive affordable care without insurance.

And if you have time, call your Senator. Less than 24 hours before the court’s decision allowing the gag rule to take effect, the House voted to protect the Title X program — which would undo the gag rule. If the Senate votes the same way, we can end the Title X gag rule and protect health care access for millions.


Planned Parenthood health center doors are open to everyone.

Planned Parenthood will always be here for its patients and will continue to fight for everyone’s ability to get affordable, quality health care.



We believe everyone deserves the best medical care and information available.

We’re going to do everything we can to fight for patients’ ability to come to Planned Parenthood for health care. Health care is a human right and we will not let this stand.

Now is the time to unite, and make sure we all have the right and opportunity to live full, healthy lives.



We’ve succeeded before:

It was grassroots activism that defeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “defund” Planned Parenthood in Congress.

We’re more ready than ever to put up a fight again: after all, right now we have the first-ever pro-reproductive health majority in the U.S. House. With your help, we’ll be calling on these leaders to protect patients’ access to sexual and reproductive care.