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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.

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

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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.

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.