For Immediate Release
October 4, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on the Biden Administration Ending the Gag Rule for Title X Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced they are ending the gag rule for Title X funding, which will allow health centers across the country to provide information on accessing affordable, high-quality reproductive health care. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Today’s announcement by the Biden-Harris administration is the right policy decision, ending a rule that disproportionately targeted low-income families and people of color trying to access affordable reproductive health care. It is also a reminder of why elections matter. Electing a pro-choice administration has meant better policies for all of us. And EMILYs List is fired up and committed to electing more Democratic pro-choice women at every level of government to continue that important work. The majority of Americans support legal access to abortion, and it’s critical we rally around the work of our reproductive justice partners who have fought for this important victory.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.