For Immediate Release
June 20, 2019
EMILYs List Statement on Latest News on Trump Gag Rule
Effective today thanks to a court ruling, the Trump administration’s Title X gag rule will threaten health care and limit reproductive health access for millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted national injunctions against the Trump administration’s dangerous and unethical gag rule. The Title X gag rule bans federally funded clinics from providing abortion and abortion referrals, creating unreasonable barriers to care and jeopardizing the health care of millions of American families. In response, Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“In the face of near constant attacks on women and our rights, it’s unfortunate that this ruling has allowed Trump’s illegal and dangerous gag rule to take effect today. Title X provides millions of hardworking Americans — especially women — with access to birth control, cancer screenings, and essential reproductive health services. Trump’s domestic gag rule will do irrevocable damage. By stripping away doctors’ ability to refer patients to essential reproductive care and effectively banning federal funding from vital Planned Parenthood clinics, Republicans have furthered their anti-woman agenda. We need more pro-choice Democratic women at all levels of office who will fight the Trump administration’s dangerous agenda and stand up for women and families.”
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