The administration's nationwide gag rule is an unprecedented attack on rights and health care access
The gag rule would keep health care and information away from 4 million people who rely on Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control. The rule prohibits doctors, nurses, hospitals, and community health centers across the country from telling Title X patients how they can access safe, legal abortion. It’s also intended to block people who rely on Title X from all care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
A gag rule is so dangerous that over 110 public health organizations oppose it. Under the rule, a doctor couldn’t tell a woman how to get an abortion even if a pregnancy harms her health.Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41 percent of people who rely on Title X funding. The gag rule could leave thousands of people without anywhere else to go for health care services.Planned Parenthood Action Fund
The gag rule would prevent patients from getting full and accurate information from their health care providers. For example, if a woman wants an abortion, her provider would be prohibited from telling her where to get one.ACLU
73% of Americans oppose a gag rule, which blocks access to care for millions of people.
Hart Research Associates
The gag rule would have devastating effects.
The rule is designed to prevent people from getting the health care they need, including birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and wellness exams at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Without a resource like Planned Parenthood, I probably wouldn't be alive. I wouldn't have known about my cancer until it was too late.”
Because of systemic inequities, at least 30 percent of Title X clients are people of color and 13 percent have limited English proficiency. Racial or ethnic bias and language barriers already hinder health care access — attacks on Title X make them worse.Vox
A similar measure implemented by President Trump, called the "global gag rule," has led to clinic closures as well as increases in unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, women dying from pregnancy-related complications, and infant and child deaths in other countries.TIME