PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NASSAU COUNTY
For Immediate Release: April 24, 2019
Contact: Saskia Thomson, [email protected] | 516-750-2660
TITLE X VICTORY: Federal Court to Block Trump’s Gag Rule on Reproductive Health Care
Federal court in Oregon will protect access to care, protecting thousands of people right here in Nassau and Suffolk counties
HEMPSTEAD, NY — Last night, Judge McShane, a federal district court judge in Oregon, announced that he will issue a preliminary injunction to block the Trump-Pence administration’s “gag rule” that aimed to place untenable restrictions on Title X, the nation’s only program dedicated to affordable reproductive health care for people with low incomes.
The gag rule — which would have gone into effect on May 3 — would have barred providers from giving their patients complete medical information and block care at Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood serves approximately 40 percent of Title X patients. Equally alarming, the gag rule would have resulted in dangerously undermining access to life-saving cancer screenings, STI treatments, and birth control for people who access health care under the Title X program – affecting millions nationwide and 12,000 people right here in Nassau County.
Statement from JoAnn D. Smith, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County:
“All people deserve unfettered access to health care and the full scope of information about their reproductive options. As Judge McShane noted in his announcement: ‘At the heart of these rules is an arrogant assumption that the government is better suited to direct women’s healthcare than their providers.’ We couldn’t agree more.
Importantly, while we celebrate this victory, we know this relief is preliminary and will continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients’ health and rights are protected.”
In March, our national office, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, along with the American Medical Association, filed suit challenging the gag rule for being illegal, unethical, and threatening the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X health centers.
The case, which was filed in the United States District Court in Eugene, Oregon, was brought by the American Medical Association, Oregon Medical Association, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette, Thomas N. Ewing, M.D and Michele P. Megregian, C.N.M. Planned Parenthood is being represented by attorneys from Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the law firms of WilmerHale and Stoel Rives. It seeks to protect the Title X program and guarantee that people receive full, unbiased information about their health care options — a right that has been repeatedly affirmed by Congress.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) seeks to compassionately and respectfully empower individuals to make independent, informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive lives by providing access to medically-sound health care and educational services, and by promoting public policies to make those services available to all. PPNC is one of 54 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates three health centers in Hempstead, Glen Cove and Massapequa. Every year, PPNC provides preventive health services to more than 14,390 patients and comprehensive sexuality education to more than 6,800 individuals. PPNC also mobilizes more than 20,700 Nassau County residents to advocate for reproductive rights and health. PPNC has served the community for 85 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr