The United States Health and Human Services Revised Regulations prohibit healthcare providers receiving funds from Title X funds from discussing patients. Under the current legislation, these funds cannot be used to pay for abortions. However, according to reviews, health care providers receiving funds under Title X are unable to talk to patients about the abortion or refer to the procedure.
“As a doctor, I can't imagine retaining patient data. This is unethical, and the oath I thought for my patient flies, ”said Dr. Erin Berry at a press conference last week.
"This jeopardizes the physician-patient relationship and prevents patients from being fully and honestly informed about all their health options," added Berry, a state medical director at Washington State and director of Great Northwest Planned Parental and Clinical Research. Hawaii Islands. "Politicians don't know what I can talk to my patients. This rule is shameful and dangerous."
Clinics that finance title X, which do not respect what their opponents have called the "gag rule", will be forced into federal funding. As a result, many fears, these clinics, which serve about 4 million people a year, will be forced to close the doors. Low-income people, rural residents, color communities and uninsured opponents claim to suffer the most.
"As the only federal program that provides access to family planning and preventive health services and information to low-income patients, including adolescents, it plays an important role in the American Family Planning Safety Network," the letter said. . "Final regulation is the latest latest decision to remove contraceptive insurance coverage and prevent the funding of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs that unleash the safety net."
Founded in 1970 when Nixon Administration received two-party support, Title X provides clinics with over $ 250 million to provide affordable birth control, cancer screening, STD testing and treatment, and other reproductive health and family planning services.
However, "family planning" has become a political argument.
The anti-abortion groups have aroused pressure on the administration to review Title X.
"Abortion is neither a health nor a family planning, so the Title X program has no business finance," said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life.
The new regulation "protects low-income women" who are now only receiving "federally qualified health centers" that "offer better regulatory oversight, wider service and more life insurance opportunities," added Mancini.
Other lawsuits are expected to follow soon.
Some are the revised X. And although the planned parental life will certainly lose millions, independent clinics and health centers that do not have national recognition – as in Maine – they see this fight for survival.