The gag rule flies in the face of mass outcry from doctors, medical associations, public health experts, lawmakers, and the general public

The gag rule undermines Title X, the only federal program dedicated to helping people with low incomes access affordable birth control and other preventive reproductive health care — including STI services and cancer screenings.

The gag rule prohibits health care providers in the Title X program from referring patients for abortion and ends the guarantee that patients get information or counseling on all of their pregnancy options. That, together with the gag rule’s other harmful changes, would radically change the Title X program and make it impossible for sexual and reproductive health providers like Planned Parenthood to continue to participate. This puts health care at risk for 4 million patients.

While the gag rule affects every provider in the Title X program, the rule’s restrictions are specifically designed to block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood serves 41% of the four million patients who get reproductive health care through Title X. That’s more than 1.6 million patients who won’t be able to see their provider of choice, which may cause them to delay or simply go without care.

Now, the state attorney general in Washington announced he is suing the Trump-Pence administration over the gag rule for its harm to patients — particularly how the rule would keep vital health care services away from women with low incomes.

After similar policies blocked patients from care at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas, tens of thousands fewer women received care.

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Without the Title X program, many patients will lose access to free and low-cost basic care.

Dismantling the nation’s only birth control program puts affordable health care out of reach for many underserved communities, including people of color, people in rural communities, and people already struggling to make ends meet.

Dr. Leana Wen's story

The gag rule is unconscionable and unethical. This rule compromises the oath that I took to serve patients and help them with making the best decision for their own health.

Dr. Leana Wen

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President