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Who Does the Gag Rule Harm Most?

People of Color, LGBTQ People, and People in Rural Areas

Since day one, the Trump-Pence administration has aggressively targeted the health, rights, and bodily autonomy of people of color, LGBTQ people, people with low incomes, and women. The gag rule is a continuation of these attacks.

Because of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other systemic barriers that contribute to income inequality, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people in rural areas make up a large proportion of people with low incomes who rely on Title X to access health care services.

The gag rule isn’t an isolated attack — it’s just a new tactic to deny health care to those who need it the most.

For people of color, the right to bodily autonomy and quality health care has been consistently under attack in this country — leading to huge disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes between women of color and white women.

Communities need more access to health care, not less.

Dismantling Title X limits health care options even further and worsens the massive inequity that already exists in this country.

The majority of patients in the Title X program identify as people of color, Hispanic, or Latino.

  • 21% identify as Black or African American.

  • 33% identify as Hispanic or Latino.

Transgender People:

The gag rule would put affordable health care out of reach for even more trans people. Already, nearly half of transgender people say they’ve delayed or forgone getting health care because they couldn’t afford it.

Women of Color:

Many women of color face delayed health diagnoses, higher rates of cervical cancer, and increased mortality rates for breast and cervical cancer. The gag rule puts critical health services — like breast and cervical cancer screenings — further out of reach.

 

People in Rural Areas:

More than half of Planned Parenthood health centers are in rural or underserved communities, where access to health care is already severely limited.