Thurs 7/26 – We have until July 31st to make a lot of noise about the “gag rule”.

Heads up, people! We are LOSING the numbers game on comments!!!

Title X is the only federal domestic program focused solely on providing people with family planning services – to women with and without insurance. Most patients are uninsured or ineligible for Medicaid. You can read more about it here.

The Trump administration has proposed a “gag rule,” that not only would prohibit providers from even discussing abortion as a health care option for women, but would impose onerous and expensive requirements – like having a physical and financial separation between Title X programs and abortion services. (By way of reminder, abortion services are never paid for with federal or government dollars.)

A new fictional website that describes what we face in the future, brilliantly branded as the Department of Reproductive Control – lays out the Trump administration’s vision of the future that awaits us, our daughters and granddaughters. As they say “Everything on this site is true, except the name of the site itself”.

Read it and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Then, sit down and write out some comments because…

…although at this moment, there are over 104,190 comments recorded…

MOST of them are form-letters IN FAVOR OF THE GAG RULE!!!

Our opposition is well-organized and well-funded. However, there are far more of us who believe in our rights to full healthcare, so write!

And remember that this is not just a women’s battle.

Make all the people you know, INCLUDING MEN, who also benefit by women having full access to reproductive care, write too. It’s really easy to do. It takes 5 minutes.

  • The group that came up with the Dept. of Reproductive Control has created an easy form here to submit before the deadline of July 31.
  • Or go old school – directly to the government comment form here.
  • Read the “Supplementary Information” and watch the comment tally go up here.

Comment samples:  here. Cruise through and you will recognize several distinctive form letters in favor of the gag rule. Yikes! Try to mix up the wording a bit on yours. We want to be distinctive, not bots.

 Comment sample: The proposed rule is harmful to the health and basic rights of women, and I urge you to withdraw it. This rule would require family-planning providers to conceal legal reproductive options available to women, making it more difficult for millions of Title X patients to get proper preventive care. Moreover, the proposed rule contradicts existing law that ensures patients have a right to full and accurate information about their health care.

This ill-considered rule would also increase the number of patients who receive health care under Title X without providing any additional financing to help the program or providers meet this expanded need. This would place a significant strain on Title X providers.

Most importantly, implementation of this rule will hurt women and their families, denying rights to birth control, cancer screenings, abortion referrals, STD testing and treatment, or even general womens health exams. Major medical associations, like the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Physicians (ACP), oppose this policy because it moves away from science-based principles and erodes standards of care. Patients have a right to know what their health care options are, and the information they receive should not be influenced by a third partys moral or religious convictions.

As a taxpayer and a healthcare consumer, I strongly oppose to the proposed rule, and I ask you to withdraw it immediately.

 Comment sample: The Trump administrations recently unveiled domestic gag rule, as its popularly known, while technically aimed at curbing abortion, imperils the future of hundreds of Title X-supported family planning clinics providing contraceptive services to low-income households. This is a travesty. Why does this administration keep trying to punish low-income people??? They are the very ones that need contraceptive services so that they will not need abortions that this administration abhors. What hypocrisy! Take away contraception so that more abortions are necessary, but then try to eliminate abortions altogether which everyone knows this President wants as he has said it over and over and is nominating Supreme Court justices who will strike down Roe v Wade as soon as they can. Then 22 states will make it illegal to get an abortion, most of which have these low-income households that need the Title X-supported family planning clinics that are being taken away! This Rule SHOULD NOT GO INTO EFFECT EVER!!!

 Comment sample: As I understand the present situation Title X funds cannot be used for abortions. This has worked in the the past; Therefore I oppose the proposed rule. Healthcare providers must be able to discuss and inform their clients regarding their health. The government must not interfere in the doctor-patient relationship. If a pregnancy endangers the life of the woman, then treatment to save her life in necessary. Title X funds may not be used but care must be given under an alternative payer source or under free care.

 Comment sample: As a Nurse Practitioner who has worked in Women’s Health for over 12 years, giving my patients access to accurate information is fundamental to that work.

I’m writing about President Trump’s announcement of a “gag rule” on health care providers that participate in Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care that four million people rely on each year. If enacted, the “gag rule” would prohibit ANY Title X health care provider from referring patients for abortion – even if that’s what the patient wants, and even if withholding that information threatens their health. It would destroy the trust between patients and doctors. And it would put the health care of the four million people who depend on Title X at risk. The gag rule is also designed to make it impossible for reproductive health care providers like Planned Parenthood to serve patients in the program. This could block the 41 percent of Title X patients who rely on Planned Parenthood health centers from care, leaving them without access to life-saving services like cancer screenings, birth control, wellness exams, and more. We know that the gag rule is intended to block people from accessing care and honest information. This would be radical, and has never been implemented in the United States before.

I’m also a mother, aunt, sister and friend. I don’t want any of the women in my life, including myself, to have to suffer as result of these harmful proposed actions.

 Comment sample: I am writing to be to protect my fundamental right to reproductive health care in America. Trying to control reproductive health care by dismantling Title X, the only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning, will devastate the physical and financial health of too many families already working hard to get by.

I demand that you:

– Defend doctors’ right to advise their patients without government interference
– Defend America against anti-abortion and abstinence-only views
– Defend patients’ access to unbiased health care

Women start to die because of this ruling, and we will lay their deaths at the feet of the GOP. You cannot remove our options and ignore the consequences. I demand health care, not health control.

3 thoughts on “Thurs 7/26 – We have until July 31st to make a lot of noise about the “gag rule”.

  1. Stop the assault on women which is an assault on humanity. Women deserve answers concerning their health. Men benefit from a woman’s health. Why withhold information on help with family planning, cancer screenings & communical diseases? This is a violation of the first amendment. Doctors have the right to share their knowledge. Women go to doctors for their advice & expertise. Why would a transaction of information be withheld concerning a woman’s health. Please stop the assault on women & ultimately society itself. Please have common sense. Herstory/ History is watching.

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  2. I’ve worked in health care for 20 years and know the absolute right of women to discuss all options with their provider. The Government must not stand between a woman and her health. This is not the purview of any governing body.

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  3. This is unacceptable. I am writing to be to protect everyones fundamental right to reproductive health care in America. Trying to control reproductive health care by dismantling Title X, the only dedicated source of federal funding for family planning, will devastate the physical and financial health of too many families already working hard to get by.

    I demand that you:

    – Defend doctors’ right to advise their patients without government interference
    – Defend America against anti-abortion and abstinence-only views
    – Defend patients’ access to unbiased health care

    Women will start to die because of this ruling, and we will lay their deaths at the feet of the GOP. You cannot remove our options and ignore the consequences. I demand health care, not health control.

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