Trump’s Title X ‘Gag Rule’ Undercuts All 28 Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Pa.

Posted on May 23, 2018

CONTACT: Sari Stevens
717.234.3024 office | sari.stevens@pppamail.org

Trump’s Title X ‘Gag Rule’ Undercuts
All 28 Planned Parenthood Health Centers in Pa.
Proposed rule would deny women access to family planning, cancer screenings, wellness exams

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 22, 2017) – All 28 Planned Parenthood health centers in Pennsylvania would be severely impacted in their ability to provide services like contraception and cancer screenings under a newly proposed Trump administration gag rule that would deny family planning funds to organizations that provide abortion or refer abortion services.

The proposed regulation would apply to Title X, the federal program that provides care to 4 million people annually for contraception, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases and other reproductive health services to millions of low-income people.

Planned Parenthood’s health centers in Pennsylvania provide quality care to almost 90,000 women, men and young people every year. Nearly 50 percent of Planned Parenthood health centers in Pennsylvania are in medically underserved areas of the state, meaning people of color, those with low incomes, and folks in rural areas would be affected most.

“This latest attack on women’s reproductive rights would block patient access to Planned Parenthood, prohibit referrals for legal abortions services that doctors and families decide upon privately, and deny women honest information about all of their pregnancy options,” said Sari Stevens, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. “In Pennsylvania, thousands of women will be put at risk without access to lifesaving preventative care such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and wellness exams.”

Title X, the nation’s family planning program, is meant to ensure that every person, regardless of where they live, how much money they make, or whether or not they have health insurance, has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care. The rule ensures those most in need — those who have very low incomes or lack health insurance — still have access to lifesaving care.

Pennsylvania has the third largest share of Title X patients in the nation, with about 210,000 residents receiving services among more than 4 million people nationwide.

The Trump administration initiated the policy today as a notice of proposed rulemaking through the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, meaning it could be months before it takes effect after a long public comment period. The rule is similar to one in place during the Reagan administration.

“Let’s be very clear about the public health risks here: Any reduction in access to women’s health services will only lead to more unintended pregnancies, more untreated STDs, more undetected cancers and ultimately more costs to state and federal governments,” Stevens said.

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ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD PENNSYLVANIA ADVOCATES

In partnership with the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates, the state public affairs office in Harrisburg, works to achieve maximum public, governmental and media support for reproductive health care – including family planning – by developing, implementing and facilitating a statewide strategy.

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