URGENT: Stand up for women’s health in Congress THIS MORNING!

IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED to urge your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators in the U.S. Congress to vote NO on H.J.Res. 43 and S.J.Res. 13, resolutions that will allow states to deny funding for the contraceptive and preventive care patients receive at Title X clinics. This move would further reduce, and in many cases eliminate, low-income and adolescent patients’ access to essential health care by discriminating against providers for reasons unrelated to medical evidence or best practices.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to take up this legislation on Tuesday, February 14th and we expect the Senate to bring it up shortly as well.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Call your U.S. Representative THIS MORNING and ask them to vote NO on House Joint Resolution 43. Find your representative by clicking here.
  • Call Senator Lee and Senator Hatch and ask them to vote NO on S.J. Resolution 13.

Call Senator Orrin Hatch – D.C. (202) 224-5251, UT (435) 586-8435
Call Senator Mike Lee – D.C. (202) 224-5444, UT (801) 392-9633

Talking points – these two bills:

  • are an infringement on women’s rights
  • unfairly impact low-income and adolescent patients’ access to health care
  • allow for discrimination against medical providers for reasons unrelated to medical evidence or best practices
  • do not impact abortion services in any way, as Title X funding by statute cannot be used for abortion services — they only cause a reduction in women’s health services
  • make unprecedented use of the Congressional Reform Act to repeal a rule for partisan reasons only that are not in the best interest of women

Some background:

Title X clinics provide federal funds to women’s health services, especially family planning. Title X providers, which are expert in reproductive health care, offer a broader range of sexual and reproductive health services (such as long-acting contraceptives, HPV vaccinations and preconception services) compared to primary care providers (community health centers or federally qualified health centers). Community health centers and federally qualified health centers rely on Title X providers for sexual and reproductive health services for their patients, particularly for low-income patients who are otherwise unable to pay for these health services. In fact, Title X services provided by PP health centers frequently serve as the sole health care source for uninsured, low income women in communities with little access to health care.
The family planning services offered by Title X clinics includes pregnancy diagnosis/counseling, contraceptive services, basic infertility services, STD screening, and preconception health care (these clinics may also offer abortion services, but no Title X money can be used to provide abortion services). Evidence indicates that restricting specific providers of Title X services has harmful effects on access to family planning services, is linked with increased pregnancy rates that are not in line with population-wide trends and reduces training and education services for health care professionals who provide sexual and reproductive health care services.
Last fall, President Obama passed regulations to clarify and strengthen Title X regulations. This rule does not fund abortions, as statute prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for such services. But it is this rule that Congress is now looking to repeal using unprecedented use of the narrow provisions in the 1996 Congressional Review Act.
For more information, please see the LA Times op-ed, “One Obama rule that Trump should keep: Making sure family planning funds reach everyone who needs them” or the rundown on the legislation on Countable.us.

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