Save Title X and protect women's reproductive rights
Title X funds are a critical part of America's safety net for low-income women, especially women of color. Now, Republicans (and one Democrat) are trying to let states deny Title X funding to doctors and clinics that provide family planning services. Here are the details, from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:
"The Title X program is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to providing low-income and adolescent patients with access to effective family planning and other related essential preventive health services. More than 4 million patients receive care at Title X clinics each year. Not one penny of Title X money is used to fund abortions.
Our Nation’s unintended pregnancy rate is at a 30-year low, and we now have the lowest rate of teen pregnancies in our history. These monumental successes are due in large part to increased access to contraception for our patients – often through Title X clinics."
ACT: Tell Congress you won't stand for attempts to restrict women's access to healthcare:
Call your representatives and say that you oppose H.J.Res.43 and S.J.Res.13, especially if your reps sit on the House Energy & Commerce Committee or the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which could vote on this resolution as early as today:
Here's a script you can use:
My name is [your name], and I'm a constituent of [representative]. I'm calling today because I'm concerned about the joint resolution currently in Congress that will allow states to refuse critical funding to clinics that provide essential family planning services to women in our area. Access to reproductive health care and birth control reduces unwanted pregnancies and abortions and protects women's basic health. What is [representative's] position on this issue?
Please, don't leave our essential health care services up to the states; I want to ask [representative] to protect [his/her] constituents from any attempt to defund Title X. Thank you.
Bonus action: check out our post from Sunday on how to get in-person access to your Congressional reps, and make saving Title X part of your rallying cry at your reps' next town hall meetings.
Learn more: why Title X matters and what's at stake
Make no mistake: this is just the latest in the Republicans' ongoing attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. They claim that Planned Parenthood, as an abortion provider, shouldn't receive federal funds. What they're conveniently ignoring is that Title X doesn't fund abortions, and what it does fund is essential family planning and reproductive health services to women who are uninsured and low-income. Even worse? This latest round of resolutions were both introduced by women -- Jodi Ernst in the Senate, and Diane Black in the House.
- What exactly is Title X funding? (Huffington Post - from 2011)
- Trump's new Health Secretary could be disastrous for women (New York Magazine)
- The threat to Title X family planning (Center for American Progress)
- Sen. Jodi Ernst puts Planned Parenthood -- and access to birth control -- on the chopping block (The Intercept)