was forced out of Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control, by the administration’s dangerous gag rule — threatening birth control and other reproductive health care for millions
Help us keep up the fight to ensure all patients can get the health care they need — no matter what.
Why It Matters
The Trump-Pence administration keeps trying to block access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers, which serve more than 2.4 million people each year — including many who have nowhere else to go for basic health services.
Since coming to power, the administration has tried to shut down Planned Parenthood in every way possible — in presidential budgets, health care reform bills, tax reform legislation, and federal resolutions and regulations, as well as in nominating anti-Planned Parenthood judges and appointing anti-Planned Parenthood officials.
The administration also has repeatedly and consistently targeted Planned Parenthood as part of its propaganda — including speeches, ads, and the Republican Party platform.
The bulk of the administration’s actions against Planned Parenthood are attempts to “defund” it. “Defunding” means blocking people who use government health programs, like Medicaid and Title X, from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of Global Affairs; Former Senior Policy Advisor for the Assistant Secretary for Health (HHS)Appointed: 6-6-2017
Former Special Assistant to the President, White House Domestic Policy CouncilResigned: 6-1-2019
Principal Advisor at the Office of Civil Rights, Former Deputy General Counsel (HHS)Appointed to HHS: March 2017
How We Got Here & Where We're Headed
- What to expect next
The fight continues. Voters in the 2020 election are set to hold Trump and anti-Title X members of Congress accountable for dismantling the program and blocking care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Medical Association — voting to uphold the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous gag rule on Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.
Administration approves Texas program that excludes Planned Parenthood health centers — an unprecedented decision that potentially gives other states a green light to “defund” Planned Parenthood.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which let the gag rule take effect, hears oral arguments from a lawsuit filed by 21 states, the District of Columbia, and several health care providers (including Planned Parenthood).
Trump Administration forces Planned Parenthood out of Title X.
House of Representatives passes major pro-reproductive health spending bill that would block the Title X gag rule if it gets passed by the Senate and signed by Trump.
Trump proposes his FY2020 budget, which targets Planned Parenthood for a third time
Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association sue the Trump administration to block the Title X gag rule.
Trump issues gag rule to block Title X patients from care at Planned Parenthood.
Trump proposes his FY2019 budget, which targets Planned Parenthood for a second time
Trump administration encourages states to prevent patients with Medicaid from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Trump proposes his FY2018 budget that, for the first time, singles out Planned Parenthood by proposing a ban on federal funding sources.
Anti-Planned Parenthood activist March Bell becomes a Civil Rights Office leader.
Pence casts key vote to end protections for Title X and Planned Parenthood patients.
Mike Pence — the nation's first representative to try to “defund” Planned Parenthood — becomes vice president.
“Planned Parenthood made health care accessible and affordable when I was a poor college student.”
An Estimated 1 in 5 Women Visits a Planned Parenthood Health Center in Her Lifetime
The Administration’s Biggest ‘Defund’ Attacks
The administration’s most successful “defund” attack is the Title X gag rule, which forced Planned Parenthood out of the nation’s only dedicated program for affordable birth control. The gag rule endangers all 4 million people who use Title X each year for affordable birth control and other reproductive care — including over 1.5 million patients who used Title X at Planned Parenthood health centers.
The gag rule disproportionately impacts those who already face barriers to care due to systemic discrimination in the health care system, including people of color, immigrants, young people, and the LGBTQ community. How it works: The gag rule bans providers in the Title X program from telling people how they can safely and legally access abortion. It’s unethical to keep medical information from patients, and Planned Parenthood refuses to be bullied into unethical medical practice — so the gag rule makes it impossible for Planned Parenthood to continue participating in Title X.
Although the administration’s anti-abortion agenda drove its gag rule, the gag rule itself only effects preventive care like birth control; breast and cervical cancer screenings; and STI, UTI, and vaginal infection testing and treatment.
While the Title X gag rule is the most far-reaching, nationwide attack on Planned Parenthood, the administration also made a big move toward “defunding” Planned Parenthood in Texas — and it’s a move that could have national consequences. See our "Greenlighting Texas’s Backdoor ‘Defund’” entry below to learn more.
Background on Planned Parenthood and the Trump-Pence Administration's Attempts to Block Patients from Care
The Title X gag rule is the closest Donald Trump and Mike Pence have gotten yet to “defunding” Planned Parenthood.Planned Parenthood Action Blog
In more than 20% of the counties where Planned Parenthood health centers operate, there are no other health care providers who serve patients who need publicly funded programs. That means patients who use programs like Medicaid for health care could have nowhere to turn for basic services if they cannot go to Planned Parenthood.Planned Parenthood Action Blog
Efforts to block patients from Planned Parenthood are part of the administration’s anti-abortion agenda — which has the goal of ultimately shutting down Planned Parenthood altogether because it provides safe, legal abortion care.Planned Parenthood Issue Page
Now that the gag rule forced Planned Parenthood out of Title X, learn how you can access high-quality, affordable reproductive health care — and how to fight for everyone who could lose access.Planned Parenthood Tumblr
On the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, HHS decided to let Texas receive federal Medicaid funding for a state program that bars patients in the program from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood and other health centers that also provide abortion. This move upends longstanding federal law. In the past, the federal government has refused to fund state Medicaid programs that aim to take away the right of Medicaid users to choose whatever qualified reproductive health care provider they want.Planned Parenthood Blog
The administration supported many efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and block patients from care at Planned Parenthood.Rewire News
Community health centers themselves say there’s no way they could fill the gap if efforts to block patients from Planned Parenthood health centers succeed.NPR
An unfair law called the Hyde Amendment already prohibits federally funded programs like Medicaid and Title X from covering abortion (except in cases of rape, incest, or threat to the pregnant person's life). Many of the administration’s tactics take aim at patients who rely on these programs. So, blocking them from Planned Parenthood health centers only takes away their access to affordable birth control, STD tests, cancer screenings, and other preventive care at their provider of choice.Planned Parenthood: About the Hyde Amendment
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and is the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Planned Parenthood's services include birth control; HIV and other STD testing, treatment, and vaccines; vaginal infections testing and treatment; pelvic exams; breast and cervical cancer screenings; pregnancy testing; men's health care; LGBTQ-focused health care; emergency contraception; and abortion services and referrals.Planned Parenthood's Services