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The Trump-Pence Administration Forced Planned Parenthood Out Of Title X

UPDATE: Even though the Title X gag rule was originally blocked by federal courts, it is now being enforced nationwide, meaning the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood, eight states, and other providers out of the Title X program. This is a targeted blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings and other essential care through Title X. We cannot stand for this. 

This fight isn’t over. We’re bringing the fight to Congress.  The House has already passed a bill blocking the administration from enforcing this dangerous rule, and now we need the Senate to do the same. Given our collective outrage, this isn’t a long shot: this is possible. We’ve overcome some tough odds on attacks to our health care before; we’re going to have to do it again.

It's time to hit the phones. 

Read about it below and then then take action to #ProtectX.

What’s Title X?

(pronounced “Title Ten”)

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. More on Title X.

 

What’s the Gag Rule?

The administration has issued a “gag rule” that bans doctors in the Title X program across the country from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would make it impossible for patients in the program to get birth control at places like Planned Parenthood, and it prohibits doctors from giving women full information about all of their sexual and reproductive health care options. The rule puts health care at risk for 4 million patients — 40 percent of whom get their care at Planned Parenthood. 

The Gag Rule Does 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.

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 40% of the 4 million patients — or more than 1.5 million people — who get care through the Title X program. 

Here’s what the gag rule does:

  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?

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!

Kasey, Alaska

“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 ...”

Haley

"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.”

For more than 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable health care.

We’ll do everything we can to stop this dangerous rule, keep Planned Parenthood health centers open, and ensure that patients get the best care possible.