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Planned Parenthood has been in the news a lot lately. So it’s understandable that you may have some questions about defunding, Title X, insurance, birth control, abortion, and ways you can help Planned Parenthood.

The main thing to know is that our health centers are open as usual, and staff are doing what they’ve always done; opening the health center doors and providing expert, affordable health care and accurate information to anyone who needs it.

Here are the answers to some common questions we’ve gotten from patients and supporters.

Q: What is Title X?

A: It’s a federal grant program that provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care for low income individuals. The program is available to help ensure that every person- regardless of where they live, their income, their background, or whether or not they are insured — has access to basic, preventive, reproductive health care, such as birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and treatment.

Q: What’s happening with Title X?

A: The Trump/Pence administration announced a new rule that would block Title X funding for organizations that offer abortion services, referrals, or counseling. The policy will not take effect immediately and can take between 4-6 months. Planned Parenthood and multiple allies will be fighting back against this harmful initiative.

Q: What does this new rule actually mean?


• It forces providers to give inaccurate and/or limited health care information to patients. The new rule would prohibit doctors, nurses, hospitals, and community health centers from providing any information or talking to patients about abortion. Health care providers would not be able to answer questions about abortion. 

• It would impose new rules that are designed to make it impossible for millions of patients to get birth control or preventive care from reproductive health care providers like Planned Parenthood. 

Q: Can I still get care and accurate information from Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties?

A: Yes! Our door will stay open to everyone. We will continue to provide the community with the full-range of reproductive care services including abortion. We will also continue to provide honest, accurate information about all health care options.

Q: Is abortion still legal? Can I still get an abortion?

A: Yes, Planned Parenthood provides safe and legal abortion services, as well as information about all your reproductive health care options. Planned Parenthood will continue to fight for everyone in our communities to have access to this important service when they need it.

Q: Is the Family PACT program still available?

A: Yes, Family PACT insurance for no-cost family planning services remains in effect and has not changed. If you do not have insurance, you may be eligible for the California's Family PACT program if you are a California resident, have no other health coverage for the family planning services you need, and meet specific income requirements. Ask our front desk staff about the Family PACT program. If you are eligible, we can enroll you at the time of your appointment.

What YOU can do to help.

There is uncertainty ahead of us as anti-women’s health legislators target us, but we will never stop fighting to protect access to the full range of care our patients depend on: affordable birth control, STI testing and treatment, cancer screening, and abortion.

Here are some ways you can take action and show your support:

Help spread the word. Share with your friends and family that our doors will remain open so that they know that can continue to count on us for health care.

Donate. Make a donation at a health center or through the Community Action Fund to support advocacy efforts that help protect Planned Parenthood against defunding efforts. 

Sign up for updates. Sign up to receive information regarding upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and action alerts from the Community Action Fund. 

Get social. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 

Share your story. Tell us how Planned Parenthood has made a difference in your life. Your story is powerful and we want to hear from you!

Volunteer. We need people to advocate for women’s health and reproductive rights and to make a difference in the community. 

Write a letter. Had a great experience at one of our health centers? The staff works very hard to provide all patients with high-quality care and they appreciate letters of support and thanks.

Make an appointment. A great way to show support for Planned Parenthood is to continue to come in for high-quality, affordable care.

Please call
714.922.4100 (for Orange County locations) or
909.890.5511 (for San Bernardino County locations)