Today, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England was forced to withdraw from participating in Title X—the nation’s only program for affordable birth control, family planning services, and reproductive health care. The Trump-Pence administration has begun enforcing a ‘gag rule’ that makes it illegal for Title X recipients to perform abortions or even provide information or referrals for abortion.
We won’t mislead or lie to our patients about their options. Because of our commitment to ethical, honest patient care, we will no longer participate in the Title X program.
The Trump-Pence administration may not care about access to health care—but we do. Our doors will stay open, and we won’t turn anyone away if they can’t afford to pay. Ever. You can continue to get care from Planned Parenthood of Southern New England as usual and we are operating under our normal business hours.
Can I Still Come for Care?
Yes—we won’t turn anyone away. Although we aren’t participating in the Title X program, our doors will stay open and we will continue to provide essential reproductive health care services, including abortion. Call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) or book your appointment online.
What is Title X? (pronounced “Title Ten”)
Title X funding enables us to offer free and low-cost services to people without insurance and those with low incomes at most of our health centers.
Established in 1970, the Title X program provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to many who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. The program has received bipartisan support from Congress since its inception.
What is the Gag Rule?
The administration has issued a ‘gag rule’ that bans health care providers in the Title X program across the country from telling people how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would make it impossible for patients in the program to get birth control at places like Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and it prohibits providers from giving people full information about all their sexual and reproductive health care options.
The rule puts health care at risk for thousands of patients in Connecticut and Rhode Island—and almost 4 million patients across the country—and forces providers who remain in the program to withhold health care information and mislead their patients. That’s why we’re refusing to participate: we won’t be gagged.