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Trump’s Domestic Gag Rule Will Harm Women

February 22, 2019

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2019

Trump's Domestic Gag Rule Will Harm Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Trump administration released their final version of a domestic gag rule, which would effectively dismantle Title X and force health care providers to lie about their patients' full range of medical options. Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, released the following statement:

“Amidst the latest round of scandals and plummeting approval numbers, Donald Trump is turning to his favorite playbook: stripping Americans of their rights in order to appeal to his base. Trump's domestic gag rule harms women in more ways than one. It effectively dismantles Title X, forces doctors to lie and forbids them from referring their patients for abortion, and prevents women from being able to access Planned Parenthood's services. It's particularly telling that Republicans are celebrating this administration's latest dangerous and cruel attempt to undermine our rights. Elect pro-choice Democratic women to office every chance you can — elections matter.”

EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $600 million to elect pro-choice Democratic 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 strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 150 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and nearly 1,100 women to state and local office. Nearly 40 percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. During the historic 2017-2018 cycle, EMILYs List raised a record-breaking $110 million dollars and launched a record independent expenditure campaign. We helped elect 34 new women to the House, including 24 red-to-blue victories; enough seats to have delivered the U.S. House majority alone. Since the 2016 election, more than 40,000 women have 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.