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What’s Title X?

(pronounced “Title Ten”)

To explain the administration’s gag rule, we have to start by explaining a government program called Title X. Every year, 4 million people access birth control and sexual and reproductive  health care through Title X and the gag rule is an outright attack on this critical program.

If this administration wants to roll back access to birth control and sexual and reproductive care — which they have 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.

 

What it is:

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.

 

 

What it provides:

Every year, 4 million people access critical health care services through Title X, including  

  • Wellness exams

  • Lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings

  • Birth control

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV testing

In 2016 alone, health centers used Title X funding to provide 720,000 Pap tests, more than 4 million STD tests (including HIV tests), and nearly one million women with breast exams.

Who it serves:

The program is there to help ensure that every person — no matter where they live, how much money they make, what their background is, or if they have health insurance — has access to health care. About 21 percent of Title X patients identify as Black or African American; and roughly 33 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino.

Many people who access health care thanks to Title X funding don’t even know the program exists, but without it they might not be able to access critical sexual and reproductive health care services.

If you’ve ever visited a Planned Parenthood health center or another community health center that provides services on a sliding scale, you may have benefited from Title X. And if you haven’t, odds are someone you know has.

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.