Since taking office, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have pushed policy after policy aimed at taking away our health care and meddling with our sex lives. And guess what? They’re back at it again.
Their latest move: undermining birth control access through Title X — the nation’s program dedicated to birth control and reproductive health — by dramatically changing the program’s priorities. Four million people depend on Title X for repro health care each year — things like birth control, cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, and regular checkups.
Name a more iconic anti-women duo. I’ll wait.
Here’s how the Trump-Pence admin is changing Title X
First, the Trump-Pence administration is trying to block women from going to repro health care experts including Planned Parenthood — which serves 41 percent of people who get health care through the Title X program. Instead, it’s pushing women to go to providers that emphasize abstinence-only messages and don’t provide the full range of birth control methods, like IUDs or the birth control shot.
This also opens the door to anti-abortion counseling centers (sometimes called “crisis pregnancy centers”) participating in the program. “Crisis pregnancy centers” are anti-abortion and provide misleading and medically inaccurate information to women, like lying to a woman about the gestational age of her fetus to keep her from getting an abortion.
Second, the Trump-Pence administration is trying to tell women what kind of birth control to use. Yup, you read that right. The only people who should be making decisions about my birth control is me, with help from my doctor. But the White House is pushing women to use fertility awareness methods (aka so-called “natural birth control”) like the “calendar method” and “the rhythm method” — instead of other common, wayyy more effective forms of birth control. Not only are Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) the most effective methods of birth control — up to 99 percent effective! — but women also prefer them.
Changes to Title X hurt women and their families
You know how Title X is meant to ensure that every person — regardless of where they live, how much money they make, what their background is, or whether or not they have health insurance — has access to basic health care?
Well, the White House’s changes have the opposite effect. Undermining Title X means women will go without care, period. Many women would lose access to affordable repro health care — either because there are no other providers in their community, or because other providers don’t offer the same kind of specialized repro health care like Planned Parenthood offer.
What’s more, this will disproportionately hurt women of color. Out of the four million family planning clients served by Title X, more than half are women of color.
And just in case you need a refresher...
Here’s a list of alllllll the ideological crap the Trump-Pence administration has pulled to try and undermine our basic health and rights.
- Issued a rule to allow employers to deny birth control coverage to their employees
Ended protections for sexual assault survivors on college campuses
Trying to eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Tried over and over again to block women from getting care at Planned Parenthood
Continually tried to physically prevent young, immigrant women from accessing safe, legal abortion — even after courts ordered them to stop.
Promoted abstinence-only programs
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