Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. Notably, the program is legally designed to prioritize the needs of low-income families or uninsured people who might not otherwise have access to this care. However, under the new domestic gag rule, family planning clinics funded through Title X can no longer refer a patient for abortion and will be forced to maintain “clear physical and financial separation” between services funded by the government and any organization that provides or refers patients for abortions. What’s more, providers are prohibited from discussing the full range of pregnancy options and are required to refer all pregnant patients for prenatal care.
Make no mistake: the dismantling of Title X threatens the health of 4 million women, children, and families particularly low-income people, people of color, young people, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals who largely rely on the program. On August 19, 2019, Planned Parenthood — which serves 40% of these patients — was forced from the program rather than comply with the domestic gag rule. Fortunately, your lawmakers can act to protect this historically bipartisan program. Contact them today — especially those on the appropriations committees (House & Senate) and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-H) subcommittees (House & Senate) — to restore quality, patient-centered family planning, and sexual health care nationwide.