#ProtectX: Why the Title X Gag Rule Is Our Next Big Fight
The Trump-Pence Administration just issued a "gag rule" — one of the most dangerous and unconscionable attacks on our health and rights we’ve seen yet.
It dismantles the Title X program — founded nearly 50 years ago to provide affordable birth control and reproductive health care for millions of Americans.
Read about it below and then then take action to #ProtectX.
The Gag Rule Would Do 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?
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.