On August 19, Planned Parenthood announced that it would be withdrawing from Title X funding, the federal program that provides healthcare to low-income women across the United States. Why? Well, the Trump administration added new, restrictive rules about abortion services and Planned Parenthood is fighting back! Learn how this could affect YOUR reproductive rights.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is one of 11 entities that receive funding from Title X program with Five clinics received funding under the program. In 2017, more than 23,887 local residents received services funded by the Title X program. Planned Parenthood health centers treat more than 30 percent of Title X patients in Indiana, and in many Indiana communities, Planned Parenthood is the only provider of affordable reproductive health care or the only provider that offers specialized care like an IUD or the birth control shot.
Community health centers themselves say there is no way they could fill the gap. This could put affordable health care out of reach for many underserved communities, including communities of color and rural communities.
Planned Parenthood is rejecting the $60 million in annual funding they receive from the federal government because the organization refuses to comply with the Trump administration’s new rules that restrict abortion counseling or referring services to their patients. The Trump administration’s restrictions leading to the massive drop in funding will severely impact millions of patients’ reproductive rights — especially right here in Indiana. Here’s what you need to know:
What is Title X Funding?
Title X funding provides birth control and other reproductive health services to low-income women in the United States. Planned Parenthood had received $60 million annually through the federally-funded program, which was enacted in 1970 during the Nixon administration. The organization has provided more than 1.5 million low-income women with health services that include pregnancy tests, STD testing, birth control, and screenings for breast and cervical cancer; federal funding was never allowed to be used for abortion services. In some rural areas like Indiana, Planned Parenthood may be the only option for any of these healthcare services for women.
What Health Care Services Does Title X Provide?
More than four million people rely on affordable birth control and reproductive health care services that are funded by Title X. Many of these people don’t even know Title X exists, but without it, they wouldn’t be able to access this essential care. The basic primary and preventive health care services provided by Title X include:
- Wellness exams
- Lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings
- Birth control
- Contraception education
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV testing
Statement from Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kectucky:
“Planned Parenthood is being defunded from the Title X program. This program is critical to the thousands of people in Indiana and the millions across the country who rely on Title X health centers for cancer screenings, HIV tests, affordable birth control, and other critical primary and preventive care. We refuse to comply with this unconscionable rule that gags our providers and withholds information from our patients. We will continue to fight this administration because everyone deserves the fundamental right to health care and our government should be focused on expanding health care access, not restricting it.”
How can you help?
Title X is absolutely essential to ensure that millions of women, men, and young people get the care they need. Without it, providers can’t meet the demand for health care. Planned Parenthood is going to fight for patients’ health and rights — and for the millions of people in this country who need to access quality reproductive health care. And they need all of our support. Here are three ways to support Planned Parenthood of Indiana:
- Call your Senator and demand they protect access to birth control and Title X
- Donate to Planned Parenthood of Indiana
- Use your social media for good and share your support by changing your profile picture, banner photo, or pin a shareable image in support of the #ProtectX fight, and include the #ProtectX hashtag in your bio to show you’re part of the team