CONCORD – Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in New Hampshire is applauding a federal judge in Oregon for temporarily blocking the Trump-Pence administration’s Title X gag rule.
U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane said Tuesday he’ll grant a preliminary injunction against the changes to the federal family planning program, which were set to go into effect May 3. This gag rule would risk health care access to more than 16,000 people in New Hampshire and millions nationwide who rely on the Title X program to access essential reproductive health care, including birth control, STD testing and treatment, and cancer screenings.
The injunction will temporarily prevent the rule from going into effect while it’s challenged in court. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Medical Association, and a coalition of more than 20 states have filed a pair of lawsuits against the rule.
If it had been permitted to take effect, the gag rule would have made it illegal for health care providers in the Title X program to refer patients for abortion. The rule would have also imposed onerous “physical separation” restrictions on health centers that provide, refer, or counsel on abortion.
PPNNE leadership, US. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, and Planned Parenthood Federation of American President Dr. Leana Wen hosted a press conference in Concord on Monday to raise awareness about the impact the gag rule would have in New Hampshire and across the country. The New Hampshire House has approved a budget that includes an additional $2 million over two years in contingency family planning dollars to cover the loss of the Title X program, if the rule goes into effect. PPNNE encourages the New Hampshire Senate and Gov. Sununu to support this additional funding.
Statement from Sabrina Dunlap, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England:
“Judge McShane’s decision to block the Title X gag rule reaffirms what we already know -- that the Trump-Pence administration’s changes to the federal family planning program are medically unethical and politically motivated. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is grateful that this injunction will allow more than 16,000 Granite Staters and millions nationwide to continue to access essential health care while efforts to block the gag rule make their way through the courts. Nethertheless, this injunction is temporary and we must continue to prepare for the rule to go into effect. We urge the New Hampshire Senate and Gov. Sununu to support the additional contingency family planning dollars that the New Hampshire House included in the budget, so that patients can continue to access the essential reproductive health care they rely on through the Title X family planning program.”
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is the largest provider of reproductive and sexual health care for women, men and young people across the State of New Hampshire. We serve New Hampshire residents through 6 health centers in Claremont, Derry, Exeter, Keene, Manchester and White River Junction, VT. Last year we saw nearly 14,000 patients at these sites.
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