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“The Trump-Pence Administration can’t just ignore the law. Today, Planned Parenthood is going to court to stop them. More than 150,000 New Yorkers rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care.”
NEW YORK — Today, three Planned Parenthood affiliates filed suit in federal district court against the Trump-Pence administration to fight for the four million people who depend on Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.
Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City:
“The Trump-Pence administration can’t just ignore the law. Not only is what they’re trying to do illegal, but it would also have devastating consequences for our patients in NYC and throughout the country. Today, Planned Parenthood is going to court to stop them. More than 150,000 New Yorkers rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other preventive care. Without PPNYC, many people would have nowhere else to go for care. All of us deserve the right to access quality, compassionate, affordable health care, regardless of who you are, where you live, or how much money you make.”
Title X is the country’s only initiative dedicated to affordable birth control and reproductive health care. The program is meant to ensure that every person has access to basic, preventive reproductive health care, such as birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and regular check-ups. Many of the people who rely on it may not even know it exists, but without it they wouldn’t be able to access this essential care.
The Trump-Pence administration began trying to remake the Title X program through a call for funding applications earlier this year, changing the program to make it harder for patients to access the full range of contraceptive methods, and putting a new and harmful emphasis on abstinence-only education and counseling.
In 2015, 91 percent of people served under Title X throughout New York State were women, and 60 percent had incomes at or below the federal poverty line. More than half of the people who rely on the Title X program nationwide are people of color: 21 percent of all Title X clients identify as Black or African American, and 32 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. Twenty-two NYC health care providers receive Title X funding, including Planned Parenthood of New York City, 10 NYC Health + Hospital sites, and other community-based providers.
Today’s suit was filed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah in federal district court in Washington, D.C., and alleges that the dramatic changes to the Title X program through its funding announcement are illegal because they are contrary to the Title X statute and regulations, which make clear that Title X is meant to provide comprehensive, evidence-based contraception and reproductive health services.
Today, the U.S. is at a 30-year low for unintended pregnancies and an all-time low for pregnancies among teenagers. Yet, taking office, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have pushed policy after policy to take away basic rights and health care, including access to birth control. Planned Parenthood will not stand by and allow them to undo the progress we have made.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of sexual and reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.