Family Planning is Essential Healthcare: No Domestic Gag Rule

Women's access to basic preventative healthcare—birth control, STD testing, wellness exams—are in danger.

Donald Trump's Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has proposed a new rule for the Title X program that would limit funding for reproductive health providers who refer patients for abortions or who provide abortions at their facilities. It's a gag rule, and it's a direct attack on women's reproductive rights. It jeopardizes the health of millions of women who rely on Title X to receive basic healthcare. 

Title X is the only federal program that provides funding for reproductive healthcare—services such as birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and wellness exams. Most of the women who benefit from Title X are low-income, and women of color. And their right to preventative healthcare is being threatened—AGAIN. This time, by a bunch of bureaucratic white men.

Trump's administration is working to keep people from accessing birth control and reproductive health care. That's it, and we want it to stop. 

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Submit a public comment to HHS:

I am concerned that the proposed rule to revise Title X regulations would limit access to trusted healthcare providers, and prevent people from accessing basic preventative healthcare. Four million people rely on Title X funding for affordable reproductive healthcare, including birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and wellness exams.

The proposed rule would prohibit trusted Title X-funded healthcare providers from referring patients for abortions, and lets doctors keep information from their patients about options during pregnancy. 

This domestic gag rule would have a devastating affect on our health in this country. I oppose this proposed rule, and all policies that would interfere with access to preventative healthcare. HHS must stop this rule now.
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