#ProtectX: We Need to Undo the Dangerous Title X Gag Rule
UPDATE: Even though the Trump-Pence administration’s Title X gag rule was originally blocked by federal courts, a ruling by a panel of a U.S. Court of Appeals just allowed the gag rule to go into effect everywhere but the state of Maryland. This is a targeted blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings and other essential care through Title X.
But this fight isn’t over. Less than 24 hours before this devastating decision, the House voted in favor of protective language for the Title X program without the gag rule. In a few weeks, the Senate can choose to do the same.
It's time to hit the phones.
Read about it below and then then take action to #ProtectX.
The Gag Rule Does 3 Things:
“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.
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
Add new restrictions specifically designed to block patients
from coming to Planned Parenthood.
Who Supports the Gag Rule?
And their appointed officials, including:
Who Opposes the Gag Rule?
73% of Americans
More than 200 members of Congress
More than 100 public health organizations, including the American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
An overwhelming numbers of doctors, nurses, and other health care providers.
Not to mention the 4 million people who rely on Title X for their health care needs each year.
“As an Alaskan, Title X is even more integral to my health care than many other citizens. Our state is divided into rural communities with limited access to health care, and Planned Parenthood is often the only provider of health services in the area. Without Title X funding, my fellow Alaskans and I simply will not have access to the care we need to survive ...”
Alta Charo, bioethicist, University of Wisconsin
“To require a provider to withhold information, and to actively mislead a patient through a lie of omission, is unethical.
It flies in the face of fundamental medical ethics and standard of care — full stop.”
Ellen, OB/GYN, Connecticut
“... This new Title X ruling is just another step in preventing women of lower incomes from getting the health care they deserve. The government is making it impossible for women’s health providers to do our job. ...Politicians have no role in picking and choosing among qualified providers ...”
"As a physician, this rule is in fundamental opposition to the oath which I have sincerely sworn. It is unethical, irrational, and most importantly a tremendous detriment to my patients. I will not be silenced. And I will continueto vote accordingly."
Health Affairs Journal
“Under the censorship requirements, grantees would be expected not only to withhold health care information from their patients but also to provide them with incomplete, misleading, and unreliable information regarding health care options.”
How Can I Help Stop Trump’s Gag Rule?
We won in the House — now it's time to win in the Senate. Call your Senator TODAY and tell them to Protect Title X Funding and undo the gag rule!