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Washington, DC— The deadline for family planning clinics to provide written assurance that they will comply with the Trump Administration’s domestic gag rule is next Monday, August 19. Similar to the Global Gag Rule, the new policy restricts providers and clinics that receive federal Title X funds.
Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement:
“Clinics receiving family planning grants to provide contraception, STD tests and other much-needed services to low-income patients will have to stop providing abortion referrals or lose their funding. Without relief from the courts, family planning clinics that choose to meet the needs of their patients, and not abide by the gag rule will be forced out of the Title X. Cheating millions of vulnerable Americans of the ability to exercise their conscience and access birth control and other reproductive health services is unconscionable. Catholics for Choice calls on Americans who support affordable reproductive healthcare to contact their members of congress to protect Title X and safeguard access to birth control regardless of one’s means.”Catholics for Choice shapes and advances sexual and reproductive ethics that are based on justice, reflect a commitment to women's well-being and respect and affirm the capacity of women and men to make moral decisions about their lives.