The Trump-Pence administration’s Title X gag rule takes effect on June 20, 2019 after a ruling by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Title X, the nation’s family planning program, helps cover the cost of contraception and preventive care for people with low incomes—53,000 people in Minnesota alone and millions nationwide. This gag rule bans any health care provider that refers patients for safe, legal abortion from receiving Title X funds, thereby excluding Planned Parenthood patients from this critical source of family planning funding.
Statement from Sarah Stoesz, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States.
“I have never seen a policy so egregious and insidious. Low-income women should not be denied the care they need to be healthy and plan their pregnancies. And politicians should not be telling people where they can and cannot get their health care.”
“Planned Parenthood is a crucial part of our public health system in Minnesota and this rule tries to cut off low-income women from receiving high-quality, lifesaving health care services at our clinics across the state.”
“We will do everything in our power to fight this decision for one simple reason: it is a direct attack on the health of our state and our country. Planned Parenthood’s national legal team will immediately seek emergency relief from the Court of Appeals. Planned Parenthood will not let the government censor our doctors and nurses from informing patients where and how they can access health care. We will continue to fight the Trump administration in the courts and alongside champions in Congress to protect everyone’s fundamental right to health care.”
Title X Background
Title X (ten), passed by Congress in 1970, is the only federal grant program dedicated to funding comprehensive family planning services for Americans with low incomes. Title X funds serve people who can’t afford usual doctor’s appointments. For many people, these health centers are their only source of health care.
Title X provides a range of essential preventive health services including contraception, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, and breast and cervical cancer screenings. Since the beginning of Title X, health centers that provide abortions, like Planned Parenthood, were able to get funding but were prohibited from using those funds to subsidize or pay for abortions. No Title X funds have ever been used for abortion services.
In Minnesota, Planned Parenthood uses Title X funds to care for patients at our clinics in Alexandria, Apple Valley, Bemidji, Brooklyn Park, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Minneapolis, Moorhead, St. Paul, Richfield, St. Cloud, Virginia, Willmar, and Woodbury.
Planned Parenthood North Central States and its subsidiary organizations provide, promote, and protect reproductive and sexual health through high-quality care, education and advocacy. A member of America’s most trusted reproductive health care provider, our affiliate is proud to support and operate 29 health centers across our five-state region (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota). Each year, we provide health care to nearly 115,000 people and health education to more than 99,000 people in our region.