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McCollum Statement on Planned Parenthood Withdrawal from Title X Program

August 19, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after Planned Parenthood formally withdrew from the federal Title X program:

“Planned Parenthood provides vital, comprehensive health care services to thousands of Minnesotans each year. For decades it has been federal Title X funding appropriated by Congress that allows clinics like Planned Parenthood to provide basic family planning services and preventative health measures for low-income patients. In many communities in Minnesota and throughout the United States, Planned Parenthood is the only health care provider where low-income women have access to affordable comprehensive health services such as cancer screenings and STD testing.

“Despite the immense benefits Title X has achieved for women and families, the Trump-Pence administration is now implementing a gag rule to limit what doctors and patients can discuss at clinics receiving Title X funding. A political intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship denies women information and will negatively impact patient outcomes. This is another example of the Trump administration’s endless attacks on women, people of color, and low-income communities.

“Planned Parenthood’s decision to reject Title X funding with President Trump’s political strings attached is the right thing to do in the short-term. Health providers like Planned Parenthood should never be forced to compromise their commitment to delivering quality patient care essential to women in need of comprehensive reproductive health care.

“The House Appropriations Committee has already included protections for Title X in its Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill to ensure the program is implemented as intended and without ideological interference in the doctor-patient relationship. As the Republican-led U.S. Senate works on their appropriations bills, it remains to be seen whether they will defend President Trump’s attack on women’s health care or continue to fund Title X without restrictions for the benefit of all women.”

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