has been repeatedly targeted by the administration — which aims to shut down health centers and put their sexual and reproductive health services (including STI testing; birth control; and safe, legal abortion) out of reach
Why It Matters
The 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.
The administration’s attempts to “defund” Planned Parenthood would block people who rely on government health programs, like Medicaid and Title X, from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
That preventive care includes birth control; breast and cervical cancer screenings; and STI, UTI, and vaginal infection testing and treatment.
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
“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 repeated attempts to block patients from Planned Parenthood health centers could affect the 2.4 million people who depend on Planned Parenthood for care.
Political efforts to block patients from Planned Parenthood disproportionately impact 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.
Background on Planned Parenthood and the Trump-Pence Administration's Attempts to Block Patients from Care
The administration’s unprecedented "gag rule" is designed to block people who rely on Title X — the nation's program for affordable birth control — from getting care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Currently, Planned Parenthood serves 41% (or 1.6 million) of Title X’s 4 million patients.Tracking Trump: Title X Gag Rule
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.Learn More
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 woman’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.Learn More