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Title X and the Trump-Pence Administration Attacks

On May 3, 2018, three Planned Parenthood affiliates filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, D.C. against the Trump-Pence administration to fight for the four million people who depend on Title X, the nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.

Title X: America’s Family Planning Program

Since 1970, the Title X (ten) Family Planning Program has helped millions of low-income people afford much-needed health care. But each year, backward politicians threaten this critical health care safety net.

Changes to the Title X program would be one of the most large-scale and dangerous attacks on women’s rights and reproductive health in this country. Nationally, Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41 percent of the patients who get care through Title X – yet the Trump-Pence administration’s efforts are designed to block those patients from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers. This would mean many are left with nowhere else to turn. The administrations also wants to “gag” any Title X provider, including hospitals, from sharing information about or even mentioning the word abortion.

The Impact of Title X in Vermont

Title X offers preventive health care to those most in need, and it has significant results. In Vermont, Title X serves 7,800 women annually.

Without Title X-funded family planning services in Vermont, unintended adolescent pregnancies would be 139% higher, and unintended pregnancy and abortion would be 127% higher*. (*Source: Guttmacher Institute).

Types of Title X Services

Today, more than 4 million Americans rely on affordable family planning services that are funded by Title X. Those basic primary and preventive health care services include:

  • Well-woman exams
  • Lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings
  • Birth control
  • Contraception education
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV

In 2016 alone, health centers provided nearly 700,000 Pap tests; over 4 million STI tests (including HIV tests); and nearly 1 million women with breast exams through Title X.

What is the “Domestic Gag Rule?”

For years, Mike Pence has wanted to impose a "domestic gag rule" on doctors, cutting funds to any health care provider that refers, provides, or even mentions abortion.

Now he may get his wish, and millions of Planned Parenthood patients will pay the price. According to recent reports, the Trump-Pence administration wants to implement a domestic gag rule that threatens your access to reproductive health care.

What does the domestic gag rule do?

This dangerous policy tacks on new restrictions to Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care that four million people rely on. It’s also a radical departure from the way health care operates in the United States.

The rule “gags” doctors by banning them from receiving Title X health care funding if they mention abortion or abortion-related services. This blocks patients from their doctors and makes it impossible for Planned Parenthood health centers to serve patients.

Under this policy, most people with private insurance would still be able to get information about abortion from their doctors. However, people who rely on government initiatives like Title X — many of whom are uninsured, have low incomes, or are people of color — would not.

In the News

Potential local impacts of Title X proposal (WCAX-TV)

May 18, 2018

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England's VP of Public Policy, Lucy Leriche, speaks about the potential local and regional implications of the Trump Administration's domestic gag rule that says those services would have to be done in a different place than abortions and by different employees.

Trump rule change would hit Planned Parenthood in Vermont (VT Digger)

May 20, 2018

The Trump administration rolled out a rule change proposal Friday that would bar federal family planning grant money from going to health care providers that perform abortions.

Title X changes could hurt poorest residents (Brattleboro Reformer)

June 7, 2018

Under the direction of the Trump administration, the federal Department of Health and Human Services plans to transition its funding to programs that teach abstinence-only and natural family planning (also known as the rhythm method).

Vermont health care coalition protests Title X change (VT Digger)

June 12, 2018

Twelve organizations — including the state Health Care Advocate, University of Vermont Medical Center and two insurers — have formed a coalition that “strongly opposes” a proposed federal rule change that would limit how so-called “Title X” funding can be spent.

Take Action Now

Help us spread the word to other Vermonters and support our Congressional Delegation as they fight for Title X funding in Washington DC.  Take one or more of the following steps listed below:

  • Have you accessed sexual and reproductive health care using Title X? Your story is a powerful tool to protect this important funding for all Americans.  Share your story with us by clicking here
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