The Trump/Pence administration is twisting the Title X family planning program into an anti-choice abstinence campaign.
There’s no time to waste: We need you to submit public comments to protect Title X by July 31.
NIRH has provided sample text for your public comment, which you can copy and paste into the comment box here. Making your message personal, by adding your own thoughts or a story, will have the most impact:
Dear Secretary Azar,
I am writing to oppose the Trump administration’s proposed “gag rule” on health care providers that participate in the Title X Family Planning Program. This proposed rule (RIN: 0937-ZA00) will have a negative impact on the almost 4,000 Title X health centers and the 4 million low-income women and men they serve every year.
I oppose any attempt to prohibit federal family planning funds from going to health care providers that also perform abortion or refer for abortion care. Title X is the nation’s sole federal grant program specifically dedicated to providing low income and other individuals from vulnerable populations with comprehensive family planning and preventive health services. Title X serves over four million patients, most of whom are low-income, female, people of color, young, uninsured. For many patients, Title X providers are their only ongoing source of health care and health education.
By forcing healthcare providers to withhold information, and punishing those who do through denying funding, you are robbing millions of people of access to reliable, trustworthy medical care such as birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screenings, and wellness exams.
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We all deserve facts and accurate information about our health care options.