FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019
Contact: Kat Mavengere, kmavengere_consultant@nfprha.org or (202) 641-6184

Federal Government is One Step Closer to Implementing Family Planning Rule that Puts Patients and Health Centers in Jeopardy

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted requests by the Department of Justice to stay the three preliminary injunctions granted by district courts in Washington (NFPRHA’s case), Oregon, and California, which had prevented the US Department of Health and Human Services from implementing the Trump administration’s Title X regulation.

The following is a statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, a national organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators:

“Despite the devastating effects on Title X care, the government has pushed us one step closer to implementation of its harmful regulation to overhaul the nation’s family planning program. The government is relentless in its drive to impose this ideological rule; and we remain equally intent on exercising all of our legal options to prevent the Trump administration from succeeding.

“Title X was created by Congress to give people equal access to high-quality family planning care, including modern forms of birth control. Instead, the Trump administration has pushed to limit the services and skew the information that women, men and adolescents receive when they seek care; and drive out highly qualified providers that have built trust in their communities over decades.

“The Title X family planning rule is unlawful, disrespectful of patients’ health needs, disregards the government’s own standards of care, and must be rejected to protect the 4 million patients who rely on Title X.

“This is the fight of our generation, and NFPRHA is determined and prepared to take every measure possible to protect high-quality family planning care for all who need it.”

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NFPRHA is a membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators nationwide. NFPRHA advances and elevates the importance of family planning in the nation’s health care system and promotes and supports the work of family planning providers and administrators, especially those in the safety net. For more information, visit nationalfamilyplanning.org.

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