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Protect X: 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.

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Donald Trump

President of the United States

Mike Pence

Vice President of the United States

Alex Azar

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Diane Foley

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs

Steven Valentine

Chief of Staff, HHS Assistant Secretary of Health

Bethany Kozma

Senior Advisor of the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Margaret "Maggie" Wynne

Counselor for Human Services Policy

Betsy Devos

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Valerie Huber

Senior Policy Advisor at the HHS Office of Global Affairs; Former Senior Policy Advisor for the Assistant Secretary for Health

Sam Brownback

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Trump Just Dropped His Dangerous "Gag Rule"

Trump Just Dropped His Dangerous "Gag Rule"

The rule would "gag" doctors by prohibiting them from telling women about how and where to access abortion — even if the patient asks. It’s both dangerous and unethical.

The rule makes it crystal clear that the administration is more interested in restricting access to abortion and pushing its ideology on women than it is in protecting their health, livelihood, and freedoms.

How Harmful is a Gag Rule? The Global Gag Rule Shows Us

On January 23, 2017, in one of his first acts as president, Trump reinstated and expanded the global gag rule to restrict abortion access.

Evidence shows the global gag rule leads to increases in unsafe abortion, unintended pregnancies, women dying from pregnancy-related complications, and infant and child deaths. 

We should be ending the global gag rule — not importing a version of it to the U.S.

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