FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2021
Contact: Audrey Sandusky, (202) 344-5805, asandusky@nfprha.org

Joint statement on U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the Title X rule

From:
American Medical Association
National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association
Feminist Women’s Health Center/Cedar River Clinics
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
American Civil Liberties Union
Essential Access Health

“We welcome the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to review the Ninth Circuit’s erroneous opinion upholding a Trump administration rule that imposed drastic changes on the Title X federal family planning program. This rule continues to bring immense harm to people across the country who depend on affordable reproductive health care like birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and STI testing and treatment, among other essential health services that Title X provides. Tragically, but predictably, this disproportionately impacts Black and Brown patients who are more likely to face the worst health and economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In a petition to the high court last fall, we urged a review of the Title X rule, which, among many harmful restrictions, inappropriately interferes with the patient-provider relationship and conflicts with the ethical obligations of physicians and other health care providers — ultimately jeopardizing patient access to safe care.

“Title X has an essential role in ensuring that all Americans — regardless of where they live or how much money they make — have access to comprehensive reproductive health care. We remain committed to securing a swift outcome, whether from the Court or the Biden administration, that will protect Title X patients, physicians, providers, and the health of the nation from further irreparable harm imposed by the current rule.”

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Media Contacts:

Mercedes Sanchez, Cedar River Clinics
425-278-1132
Email: mercedess@cedarriverclinics.org

Audrey Sandusky, NFPRHA
202-344-5805
Email: Asandusky@nfprha.org

Mia Jacobs, ACLU
201-919-033
Email; mjacobs@aclu.org

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.

About the American Medical Association
The American Medical Association is the physicians’ powerful ally in patient care. As the only medical association that convenes 190+ state and specialty medical societies and other critical stakeholders, the AMA represents physicians with a unified voice to all key players in health care. The AMA leverages its strength by removing the obstacles that interfere with patient care, leading the charge to prevent chronic disease and confront public health crises, and driving the future of medicine to tackle the biggest challenges in health care. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

About Feminist Women’s Health Center/Cedar River Clinics
Founded as Feminist Women’s Health Center in 1979, Cedar River Clinics has provided compassionate reproductive health care since 1979. Cedar River Clinics is a non-profit organization, with clinics in Washington State, providing abortion, birth control, well woman/person services, and LGBTQ wellness services including transgender care. Cedar River Clinics is a social justice organization that combines direct services, with advocacy, and community education. For more information, visit www.CedarRiverClinics.org.

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