Breaking News: Chance to safeguard birth control and cancer screenings for low income Americans. PLEASE Act NOW!Posted: February 15, 2017
The US House is poised to overturn a rule that protects more than 4 million people who rely on Title X, the nation’s family planning program.
The existing rule ensures state politicians cannot block access to Title X family planning care at a certain health centers, including Planned Parenthood.
We just received word that a growing block of mainstream Republican leaders are uncomfortable with this maneuvering and that there is a chance to delay this vote.
Title X is meant to ensure that every person, regardless of where they live or how much money they make, has access to preventive reproductive health care, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and well-woman exams.
The battle to safeguard this rule will be won or lost in the Republican caucus so we need to mobilize common sense Republicans and Independents NOW.
Take Action NOW!
Call the US House at (202) 224-3121 –ask to be connected to your Representative and tell them that:
As a Republican I stand for my party’s long history of putting common sense solutions first. I am asking my Representative to delay the vote on House Joint Resolution 43, and ensure that no recipient of Title X grants is prohibited from participation based on anything other than ability to provide high quality family planning services. Title X has proven effective in lowering the rates of unintended pregnancy, teen pregnancy and abortion in our nation – goals we must all support. Please ensure that low income women have access to the most qualified providers of preventive care, including Planned Parenthood.
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A few key faces about Title X:
Title X is a federal grant program dedicated to preventive family planning and reproductive health services for low-income patients – it has nothing to do with abortion.
In recent years the contraceptive care delivered by Title X–funded providers helped women avoid 1.2 million unintended pregnancies, which would have resulted in 586,000 unplanned births and 403,000 abortions.
Without the contraceptive care provided by these health centers, the U.S. rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion would have been 35% higher, and the teen pregnancy rate would have been 42% higher.