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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.