Late last month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals brought us one step closer to dismantling our national family planning program: Title X. The proposed regulations also take aim at women’s health by “gagging,” or prohibiting, any provider receiving Title X funds from providing or even referring patients for abortion services. Every judge to rule in favor of unblocking the rule was appointed by a Republican.
Attacks on basic reproductive access in this country show a widespread disregard for women—and they have reckless consequences for society.
Litigation working through the judicial system could restore, or permanently alter, the Title X program. There are three cases to watch. Here’s a quick breakdown of where they stand.
Across the country, low-income and young women are facing increasing barriers to reproductive health care because of a gag rule recently imposed by Donald Trump’s administration on recipients of Title X.
The Trump-Pence Gag Rule punishes low-income patients and the health care professionals who serve them. We cannot allow this ruthless policy to continue to threaten Title X clinics—and we can win this by demanding that our policymakers rescind these rules immediately.
In this fight, women everywhere lose. But those unable to access the health care they need—including safe abortion services—are paying the highest price.