April 24, 2019 Press Release

BREAKING: Judge Expected to Block Trump Administration’s Family Planning Gag Rule

04.24.19 – Last night, a federal judge in Oregon indicated he’d block the Trump administration’s Title X rule, which would bar health care centers that provide abortions and receive federal family planning funds from seeing patients who need birth control and other reproductive health care services onsite. The regulations would also gag any Title X facility from referring patients for abortions. The rule was slated to take effect on May 3, 2019.

Said Mary Alice Carter, Executive Director of Equity Forward:

“Once again Trump’s health department has made an unethical rule, and once again a judge plans to rule against it. Title X is a valuable program that has served low-income people successfully for nearly 50 years. Trump and his radical appointees would be smart to leave this popular and effective program alone.”

Equity Forward has long been tracking HHS’ efforts to dismantle the nation’s family planning program, which include funding one anti-abortion group with Title X funding. Earlier this year, Equity Forward issued an original report detailing the sabotage of our nation’s family planning program, and its extensive HHS Watch campaign provides comprehensive information on the officials most hostile to the program, including Valerie HuberDiane Foleyand Steven Valentine.