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.
Act Now! Pledge to Protect Title X
The Trump-Pence administration's gag rule is a dangerous and unconscionable attack on our health and rights. It includes language specifically designed to block people from care at Planned Parenthood health centers. The gag rule also makes it illegal for health care providers in the program to refer patients for an abortion.
This puts health care at risk for four million patients and keeps patients from getting information about all of their health care options — including 1.6 million Planned Parenthood patients.
What Health Care Services Does Title X Provide?
More than 4 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
Title X Funding and Planned Parenthood
People rely on funding from Title X to access health care 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% of Title X centers, they serve 41% 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 patients avoid 1.9 million unintended pregnancies, including 440,000 teen pregnancies, every year.
By giving people more control over if and when they have children, Title X allows them to have more control over their lives — including their health, careers, and economic security.
Title X has undoubtedly saved 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 federal funding 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% of Title X patients have incomes below 150% 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% of Title X patients identify as Black or African American and 32% 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 Funding
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 spring 2018, Trump proposed a nationwide “gag” rule — a dangerous measure designed to block access to health care for millions of people. The gag rule would make it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers, and any other provider in the Title X program to tell patients how they can safely and legally access abortion.
In doing so, the rule removes the guarantee that patients get full and accurate information about their health care from their doctor. If that's not enough, another effect of the gag rule could be that millions of people will not get the health care they need — birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, or even basic wellness exams.
For nearly two decades, Title X law has been clear: Health care providers cannot withhold information from you about your pregnancy options. The administration's gag rule means they can.
The gag rule comes on the heels on other dangerous attacks on Title X. Earlier 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. 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.
These attacks on Title X could have devastating consequences and threaten health care for millions. That’s why Planned Parenthood took the Trump-Pence administration to court to fight for the 4 million people who depend on Title X, and we're doing everything we can to stop the gag rule from going into effect.
Planned Parenthood is going to fight for our patients’ health and rights — and for the millions of people in this country who need to access quality reproductive health care through Title X.
Help us tell the Trump-Pence administration to stop attacking Title X funding for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.take action
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 Title X program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.