For Immediate Release
August 19, 2019
EMILYs List Statement on Planned Parenthood’s Forced Exit from Title X
Thanks to the Trump administration’s Monday deadline, Planned Parenthood is forced to pull out of the nation’s decades-old program for affordable birth control and reproductive care, in order to continue abortion referrals.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in the face of an HHS-imposed deadline to comply with the Trump administration’s dangerous and unethical Title X ‘gag rule’, Planned Parenthood Federation of America — the largest provider in the program since its creation — announced they would be forced to pull out of Title X in order to continue serving patients and providing abortion referrals. In response, Christina Reynolds, vice president of communications at EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement:
“Since day one, Trump and his Republican cronies have tried to defund Planned Parenthood and strip valuable reproductive care from millions of women. Today, those efforts have real and dangerous consequences for too many women in America. The Trump administration is using one of the largest and most valuable programs for providing affordable birth control and reproductive health care to bully providers, like Planned Parenthood, into withholding information on abortion. As the gag rule takes effect, millions of women will be left with nowhere to turn for essential health care like affordable birth control, cancer screenings, maternal care, and more.”
“Trump's actions are putting lives on the line, particularly in rural communities and communities of color, who rely on Planned Parenthood for affordable care. We need a Congress and a president who will step up to protect the reproductive health care of millions of American women and families. EMILYs List stands with Planned Parenthood and we won’t stop fighting to elect pro-choice Democratic women who champion reproductive rights.”
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