More than four million people rely on federal Title X funding to access contraception and other essential health care.
Established in 1970, Title X provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own.
Federal Title X funding helps ensure that every person — regardless of where they live, how much money they make, their background, or whether or not they have health insurance — has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care.
Planned Parenthood is taking the Trump-Pence administration to court to protect Title X health care funding.
What Health Care Services Does Title X Provide?
More than four million people rely on affordable birth control and reproductive health care services that are funded by Title X. Many of these people don’t even know Title X exists, but without it they wouldn’t be able to access this essential care. The basic primary and preventive health care services provided by Title X include:
Lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings
Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV testing
In 2016 alone, health centers used Title X funding to provide nearly 700,000 Pap tests, more than four million STD tests (including HIV tests), and nearly one million women with breast exams.
Title X and Planned Parenthood
People rely on Title X in every state at nearly 4,000 Title X-funded health centers across the country. Planned Parenthood plays a crucial role in providing this care: While Planned Parenthood health centers make up just 13 percent of Title X centers, they serve 41 percent of all Title X patients.
That means that in many cases, preventing patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood will mean people go without care.
The Impact of Title X
Title X offers preventive health care to those who are most in need, and it has significant results.
The affordable birth control that Title X provides helps prevent one million unintended pregnancies each year. Overall, publicly funded birth control services — including Title X — help women avoid 1.9 million unintended pregnancies, including 440,000 teen pregnancies, every year.
By giving women more control over if and when they have children, Title X allows women to have more control over their lives, including their health, careers, and economic security.
Title X has undoubtedly saved women’s lives with early detection of cancer through its affordable Pap tests and breast exams.
Title X helps people screen for STDs and HIV and avert a host of other health issues.
Title X also saves taxpayers money. For every dollar invested in publicly funded family planning programs like Title X, the government saves $7.09 in Medicaid-related costs. In 2010, state and federal governments saved $13.6 billion from publicly funded family planning programs, including $7 billion from Title X-funded health centers alone.
Who Benefits from Title X Health Care Funding
Title X-funded services mostly serve people with low incomes, who couldn’t otherwise afford health care on their own. In fact, 78 percent of Title X patients have incomes below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Title X program fights health care inequity by serving populations that have historically faced significant barriers to care, including people of color. About 21 percent of Title X patients identify as Black or African American and 32 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino.
Title X also helps people who are uninsured. Although the Affordable Care Act helped more people get insured than ever before, some people with low and middle incomes remain uninsured and have a greater need for publicly funded birth control and reproductive health care services.
Threats to Title X
Efforts to undermine access to high-quality and affordable birth control and reproductive health services endanger millions of lives. But that hasn’t stopped the Trump-Pence administration from repeatedly attacking the program.
In 2018, the Trump-Pence administration began trying to completely remake the Title X program by removing its focus on providing birth control and reproductive health care. Instead, the administration wants to push people toward abstinence programs or fertility awareness methods (like the “rhythm method” or “calendar method”) instead of more effective forms of birth control like the pill, the birth control shot, or IUDs. The administration is also working to block patients from visiting Planned Parenthood health centers for Title X-funded care.
In other words, the Trump-Pence administration is trying to impose its ideology on people — no matter how many it hurts.
The administration is trying to circumvent the law just because it wants to keep people from accessing birth control and reproductive health care. Not only is this illegal, but it could have devastating consequences and threaten health care for millions. That’s why Planned Parenthood is taking the Trump-Pence administration to court to fight for the four million people who depend on Title X.
Planned Parenthood will not stop fighting for patients. We believe our bodies are our own — and shouldn’t be at the mercy of the Trump-Pence administration.
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Our message to the White House and anti-women’s health lawmakers is simple: Title X is absolutely essential to ensure that millions of women, men, and young people get the care they need. Without it, providers can’t meet the demand for health care.
Despite every attempt by this administration, we will not stop fighting for the people who rely on the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.