Dear MoveOn member,
The Trump administration is about to literally ban the word "abortion" from the doctor's office. Yes, you read that right.
In clinics and hospitals that accept dollars from the Title X program—the nation's program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care—doctors, nurses, and other health care providers would be banned from providing, counseling on, or referring any patient for an abortion, even if it were needed to protect a woman's health or save her life. Even if she asked.1
It gets worse. This doesn't just impact women who need abortion. If clinics refuse to comply with this proposed rule, the government will stop reimbursing them for treating patients who cannot pay. Eventually, that could shutter a clinic, ending services such as birth control, cervical and breast cancer screening, and HIV testing for the entire community. This would be devastating, because more than half of Planned Parenthood clinics are in rural or medically underserved areas where there are few or no other options for essential women's health care.2
But we can defeat this. The Trump administration has backed off harmful rule changes before, such as allowing employers to steal workers' tips, and it is accepting comments on the new proposal.3 If we quickly generate widespread outrage, we can force the Department of Health and Human Services to back down.
–Shaunna Thomas, UltraViolet
1. "Is it a gag rule after all? A closer look at changes to Title X funding regarding abortion," The Washington Post, May 23, 2018
2. "Sen. Warren: Trump's New Proposal Is Another Attempt by the Government to Control Women's Bodies", TIME, May 30, 2018
3. "Trump Administration Retreats on Tip-Sharing Plan in Compromise," The New York Times, March 23, 2018
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