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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 if it takes effect.

 

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.

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.

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

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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.