Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Largely thanks to Senate Republicans, the global and domestic gag rules remain in place — threatening birth control and other crucial reproductive health care for millions.

What Just Happened?

The TL;DR: We had a chance to block the domestic and global gag rules — which are both dangerous, unethical restrictions that threaten reproductive health care for millions of people — in the final annual government spending bills. But despite our champions’ fierce efforts, Republican leaders blocked inclusion of Title X protection and the global gag rule repeal in the final package released on December 16. This means the gag rules remain in place — which is terrible news for everyone trying to access affordable, accessible birth control and other reproductive health care.

All of this drama came after congressional leaders released the text of the final year-end appropriations package. The bill funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2020. Earlier this year, the pro-reproductive health majority in the House of Representatives blocked the domestic and global gag rules in their annual spending bills; however, the final agreement between the House and Senate didn’t include these crucial protections. This is an incredibly disappointing development in our years-long effort to stop these dangerous policies. 

Ultimately, this, like other Trump-Pence administration policies, puts access to health care at risk for millions — especially for those who already struggle to access quality health care. The gag rules in particular hurt patients’ ability to obtain critical reproductive services — such as birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing.

Learn More

How does the Title X gag rule affect access to sexual and reproductive health care?  

Get the Facts

We Still Made a Difference in the Fight to Protect Our Care

For every day that we and partners, allies, medical professionals, activists, and independent clinics fought back against and blocked the Title X gag rule, nearly 4,500 Title X patients got care that they might not have been able to receive. That’s more than 3 million people over the course of this fight.

Since the final rule was issued in February, we’ve held hundreds of in-state events, worked with dozens of incredible partners, and reached millions of people online raising awareness about these coordinated attacks as we mobilized our supporters to take action. 

In nerd talk, here’s what this means: We are going into 2020 building public support and momentum to secure meaningful investments in publicly funded reproductive health care.  We’re also redesigning those programs so that they work better for patients and providers in 2021. We sincerely thank you for your tireless efforts to protect access to sexual and reproductive health in the United States and around the globe. 

Your Gift Goes 2× Further

Make your year-end gift before December 31 and it will be MATCHED, dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $500,000.

Make a Gift

What’s Next

The Title X and global gag rules are cruel and unethical, and the majority of people want their members of Congress to PROTECT access to reproductive health care, not take it away.

The gag rules are part of the broader Trump-Pence agenda to dismantle the health and rights of women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and people of color who face systemic discrimination in the U.S. and around the world. From the religious refusal rule, to the public charge rule, to the sabotage of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, this administration continues to threaten access to health care. 

And none of this is okay. Luckily, as we go into 2020 we have a chance — a big one — to remind our members of Congress: they are accountable to us

To the members of Congress who ignored their constituents and joined the Trump administration’s attacks on our health and rights — you will have to answer for your records.

– Alexis McGill Johnson
Acting President and CEO
Planned Parenthood Federation of America 


Tags: Title X, birth control, Trump-Pence administration

Is Abortion Still Legal in My State?

Learn about abortion access changes in your state.

Get the Facts

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Will NEVER Back Down

Know this: our right to abortion is not debatable. We will rebuild and reclaim the freedom that is ours.


Sign Up for Email

Sign Up

Explore more on


This website uses cookies

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors use cookies and other tools to collect, store, monitor, and analyze information about your interaction with our site to improve performance, analyze your use of our sites and assist in our marketing efforts. You may opt out of the use of these cookies and other tools at any time by visiting Cookie Settings. By clicking “Allow All Cookies” you consent to our collection and use of such data, and our Terms of Use. For more information, see our Privacy Notice.

Cookie Settings

Planned Parenthood cares about your data privacy. We and our third-party vendors, use cookies, pixels, and other tracking technologies to collect, store, monitor, and process certain information about you when you access and use our services, read our emails, or otherwise engage with us. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences, or your device. We use that information to make the site work, analyze performance and traffic on our website, to provide a more personalized web experience, and assist in our marketing efforts. We also share information with our social media, advertising, and analytics partners. You can change your default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our Necessary Cookies as they are deployed to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information, please see our Privacy Notice.



We use online advertising to promote our mission and help constituents find our services. Marketing pixels help us measure the success of our campaigns.



We use qualitative data, including session replay, to learn about your user experience and improve our products and services.



We use web analytics to help us understand user engagement with our website, trends, and overall reach of our products.