Oppose Trump's Gag Rule on Abortion
Time is running out to fight back against the proposed “gag rule” that prohibits doctors and other health care providers that participate in the nation’s Title X family planning program from even talking about abortion care with their patients.
We need your help! Before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can issue a final rule, it is required to review every public comment submitted by the Tuesday July 31deadline.The anti-abortion activists have already submitted thousands of comments. Your voice needs to be heard too!!!
Here's what you can say (just copy and paste into the form):
Dear HHS Secretary Azar:
I am writing in strong opposition to the proposed changes to Title X regulations (HHS-OS-2018-0008). For nearly 50 years, Title X has been the sole federal grant program dedicated to advancing people’s access to comprehensive contraceptive and related family planning services in the United States. If enacted, the "gag rule" would prohibit ANY Title X health care provider from referring patients for abortion or offering information about abortion. This is political interference in the patient-provider relationship at its worst.
Every year, millions of people with low incomes rely on Title X for basic, preventive reproductive health care, including birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment. In Louisiana, 53,190 individual patients were cared for through the Title X program in 2015. Over seventy-five percent of those patients were at or below the federal poverty line (FPL).
Louisiana faces many challenges in the way health care is accessed and delivered. If the clinics that currently provide this care are removed from Title X participation, these patients could lose access to this high-quality care and the ability to choose providers that meet their needs.
This proposed rule is an attack on women’s autonomy, dignity, economic security and health. Information about and access to reproductive and preventive health services are essential to women’s health and well-being, as well as to their ability to pursue an education, get and keep jobs, support their families, and function as free and equal members of society. This is a shameful proposed rule that would undermine the practice of medicine and jeopardize women’s access to essential health care.
I urge you to rescind the “gag rule” today!
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