The Trump Administration’s latest ploy to harm and further marginalize the most vulnerable among us is not just wrongheaded and discriminatory – it will have long-lasting negative impacts on the health of all Americans. Trump’s “gag rule” has forced Planned Parenthood and other Title X recipients to withdraw from Title X funding, compromising access to high quality healthcare for thousands of Ohioans and millions of individuals nationwide.
On Monday, Planned Parenthood announced its decision to withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps people who struggle to make ends meet access birth control, HIV and STI testing, cancer screenings, and other health services rather than comply with the administration’s dangerous and unnecessary gag rule that prohibits it from providing abortion referrals to those patients. Trump is a bully, and this is the latest example.
Make no mistake, this latest attack by the Trump Administration on reproductive rights is an attack on the safety net healthcare system itself—an attack that we who make up that safety net will not accept. Planned Parenthood is not going away, and neither are we.
Over 60,000 low income Ohioans receive services from Planned Parenthood through Title X funds, according to Lillian Williams of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. It is critical that these individuals still have access to quality care.
Equitas Health commends Planned Parenthood and other affected providers for making the tough decision to forego Title X funding for critical services in order to continue to provide access to abortions, and we are prepared to share the work of filling the gap in services created by Trump’s latest blow. We invite those in need of free and low-cost HIV and STI testing, access to birth control, cancer screenings, and critical health education to visit Equitas Health medical centers. We stand in solidarity with Planned Parenthood and will not allow the Trump Administration to chip away at reproductive justice in this county.
Trump’s latest assault on marginalized people will not be his last. We will persist in building broad coalitions with organizations like Planned Parenthood to provide access to high quality care for all people and, ultimately, hold our lawmakers accountable.