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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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CT Congressional Delegation, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Oppose Trump Administration’s Planned Changes to Title X Program

May 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, the Connecticut Congressional Delegation sent a letter to United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar expressing their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Title X program, which ensures that people have access to reproductive healthcare. The Trump administration’s planned “domestic gag rule” would ban any healthcare provider from receiving Title X funding if they even talk about abortion or abortion-related services with their patients. Beyond banning counseling and referrals, the gag rule would also impose additional requirements that would essentially prohibit providers that perform abortions—like Planned Parenthood—from participating in the Title X program. 

“Title X is the country’s only initiative dedicated to affordable birth control and reproductive health care. More than four million people – including nearly 45,000 in Connecticut – rely on Title X each year,” wrote the Members. “Despite the success of the Title X program, your administration is trying to completely remake the program so that it no longer focuses on birth control or reproductive health care. Instead, your administration would push our constituents toward abstinence-only programs and block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood. This is illegal, and could have devastating consequences and threaten health care for millions.”

“In Connecticut, our health centers serve more than 80 percent of people who rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care. Without Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, our state’s only Title X grantee, many of our constituents would have nowhere else to go for care,” continued the Members.  “Everyone deserves the right to control their own bodies and future, and to get the care they want and need.”

“The Trump-Pence administration wants to implement a domestic gag rule – an outrageous and dangerous policy that would threaten health care for millions of people. This has never been in place before in this country and would be a radical departure from the way health care has operated in the United States up until now,” said Susan Yolen, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “It would prevent millions of people from getting birth control and preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers, and at the same time would force health care providers to lie to their patients by forbidding them from providing accurate and complete information.”

The full text of the letter is below, and a copy of the signed letter can be found here.


May 4, 2018

The Honorable Alex Azar
Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Secretary Azar,

Title X is the country’s only initiative dedicated to affordable birth control and reproductive health care. More than four million people – including nearly 45,000 in Connecticut – rely on Title X each year. The program is meant to ensure that every person – regardless of where they live, how much money they make, what their background is, or whether or not they have health insurance – has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, such as birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and regular check-ups. Many of our constituents who rely on Title X may not even know it exists, but without it they would not be able to access this essential care.

Despite the success of the Title X program, your administration is trying to completely remake the program so that it no longer focuses on birth control or reproductive health care. Instead, your administration would push our constituents toward abstinence-only programs and block patients from coming to Planned Parenthood. This is illegal, and could have devastating consequences and threaten health care for millions.

In Connecticut, our health centers serve more than 80 percent of people who rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care. Without Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, our state’s only Title X grantee, many of our constituents would have nowhere else to go for care. Everyone deserves the right to control their own bodies and future, and to get the care they want and need. We will never stop fighting for birth control and health care for everyone – not just for those who can afford it. We urge you to maintain the Title X program in its current form, and do not implement the domestic gag rule.

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