Planned Parenthood celebrates Federal Court Victory that blocks Trump’s gag rule on affordable birth control and reproductive health care
A federal district court judge in Oregon announced yesterday that he will issue a preliminary injunction to block the Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule on Title X, the nation’s only program dedicated to affordable birth control and reproductive health care.
In March, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and the American Medical Association filed suit challenging the gag rule for being illegal, unethical and threatening the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X health centers, including nearly 50,000 Oregonians. The gag rule — which would have gone into effect May 3 — would bar providers from giving their patients complete information and block care at Planned Parenthood, even though Planned Parenthood serves approximately 40 percent of Title X patients. When people can’t see their provider of choice or cannot access a Title X provider at all, they delay or simply go without care.
Statement from Lisa Gardner, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon:
“We’re simply not willing to gag our healthcare providers. The gag rule poses a devastating threat to our most vulnerable patients across the state, particularly low-income patients, rural Oregonians and people of color. We are proud we have challenged this rule every step of the way”
Statement from Anne Udall, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette:
“While this is a huge victory for patients and doctors, this relief is only temporary. The preliminary junction provides relief for Title X patients and healthcare providers while the case continues to be litigated. We’re going to continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients’ health and rights are protected.”
The case, which was filed in the United States District Court in Eugene, seeks to protect the Title X program and guarantee that people receive full, unbiased information about their healthcare options — a right that has been repeatedly affirmed by Congress. Since 1996, Congress has mandated annually that patients receiving information about their pregnancies through Title X must receive “nondirective” counseling.
And in 2010, Congress went even further, mandating that the U.S. Health Department cannot impose rules, precisely like the gag rule, that create unreasonable barriers to care, that interfere with doctors giving their patients a full range of options, that restricts the ability of healthcare providers to disclose all relevant information to patients making healthcare decisions, or that violates the ethical standards of healthcare professionals. The gag rule blatantly violates Congress’ mandate by forcing doctors to withhold information from their patients and imposing unreasonable barriers to care.
We are now awaiting Judge Michael J. McShane’s final written opinion.