Trump's proposal to BAN many doctors from even DISCUSSING abortion will have far-reaching implications on health care for millions of women.
The public comment period on Trump's domestic "gag rule" closes on July 31.
For clinics and hospitals that accept dollars from the Title X program--the nation's program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care--doctors, nurses, and other health care providers would be banned from providing, counseling on, or referring any patient for an abortion. Even if it was needed to protect a woman's health or save her life. Even if she asked.
This doesn't just impact women who need abortion. If clinics refuse to comply with this proposed rule, the government will stop reimbursing them for treating patients who cannot pay. Eventually, that could shutter a clinic, ending services like birth control, cervical and breast cancer screening, and HIV testing for the entire community. This could be devastating--more than half of Planned Parenthood clinics are in rural or medically underserved areas where there are few or no other options for essential women's health care
But we can defeat this. The Trump administration has backed off harmful rule changes before, such as allowing employers to steal workers' tips--and it is accepting comments on the new proposal. If we generate fast, widespread outrage, we can force the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to back down.
Tell HHS Secretary Alex Azar: "Reject gag rules for Title X providers."