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Rep. Chu Statement on Planned Parenthood Being Forced Out Of Title X Program

August 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — On Monday afternoon, Planned Parenthood announced they would be withdrawing from the Title X federal grant program, which provides funding for contraception, cancer screenings, family planning, and STI testing for 4 million low-income patients a year. The decision comes after a federal appeals court in California failed to block the Trump Administration’s “Title X gag rule” which prohibits any Title X grantee from providing or even referring patients to abortion services, even if a patient requests such information. About 40% of Title X patients received their care through Planned Parenthood. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“Title X ensures 4 million patients each year have access to necessary health care like cancer screenings and STI testing. It has successfully done this with bipartisan support for half a century. But now, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, two men without a medical degree between them, are making that healthcare contingent on patients being denied full and accurate information about their own bodies. Even if she asked her doctor a direct question about her healthcare options, a patient would be denied accurate information by this detestable gag rule. Unable to control women’s bodies directly, Trump and Pence are instead trying to control the conversations they can have with their doctors, violating the doctor-patient relationship and creating a situation where women are given incomplete or inaccurate medical advice.

“Worse, by making Title X funding contingent on a doctor giving patients false or incomplete medical advice, the Trump administration is making healthcare even harder to access for the most vulnerable among us. Almost half of all Title X recipients receive care from a Planned Parenthood, because often, Planned Parenthood is the only provider they can access in their communities. Those women and their families are now victims of this gag rule and the awful choice it forces on doctors. Fortunately, Planned Parenthood has committed to keeping its doors open and providing medically accurate care to its patients. However, the loss of this funding is a substantial threat to providers like Planned Parenthood and smaller Title X clinics, who could shut down without this funding, leaving some women without an affordable healthcare option in their community. I’m deeply concerned for the millions who are now at risk of having no place to go for contraception, family planning, health screenings, and more. I am proud the House of Representatives passed a funding bill for FY2020 that repealed this discriminatory gag rule, but this rule must be repealed outright. The millions of Americans who depend on Planned Parenthood for their healthcare simply cannot afford to wait.”