Last month, the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a proposed rule that would make radical changes to the nation’s Title X family planning program. The proposed rule would:
- Prohibit clinicians, hospitals, and community health centers across the country from referring patients for safe, legal abortion care.
- Remove the decades-long guarantee that Title X patients get full and accurate information about all health care options.
- Delete the requirement that contraception be evidenced-based.
- Encourage participation in Title X by non-clinical establishments, including so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” that do not offer family planning services.
The Title X program provides access to basic and preventive reproductive health care, such as contraception, cancer screenings, and STI (sexually transmitted infections) screening and treatment. This national program serves 4 million people annually. Title X is a popular, successful program that has enjoyed bipartisan support for decades. The United States is at a 30-year low for unintended pregnancies and a historic low for teen pregnancy—largely because of expanded access to birth control.
Major clinical health associations and reproductive health organizations oppose this rule. For example read comments submitted by ARHP (Association of Reproductive Professionals.