The NWHN Statement on the Title X Gag Rule Taking Effect

Today, a federal appeals court overturned three lower courts and allowed the Title X gag rule to go into effect. This is a devastating blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings and other essential care through Title X. The Trump-Pence administration designed the gag rule to push providers out of the Title X network. When people can’t go to their provider of choice, people go without care.

By going into effect, this rule will deny millions of people access to life-saving family planning and reproductive health services while funneling money to fake clinics which offer abstinence-only education instead of real contraception.

This rule essentially “gags” doctors who work for Title X providers by instructing them to offer intentionally confusing information if a patient requests an abortion referral. But, the rule is much more than a gag rule. These changes undermine a person’s right to an abortion and limit their ability to seek abortion services in the United States.

The NWHN has been active in fighting the rule and helping to build the strongest possible legal case. We met with officials from the Office of Management and Budget to call out the administration’s failure under the law to evaluate the rule’s real health and economic costs, particularly for women of color.

We will always remain vigilant as a watchdog while continuing to be a trusted voice and advocate for women’s health.

The National Women’s Health Network is supported by our members and by choice we do not accept financial support from drug companies or medical device manufacturers. We bring the voices, concerns and needs of women consumers to policy and regulatory table.

Evita Almassi, MSW, served as the Communications and Digital Marketing Manager for the NWHN. Her 10+ years in nonprofit communications – especially with social media advocacy campaigns – enabled the NWHN to reach and empower more women in their health education and advocacy journeys.

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