AUGUSTA – Today the Trump Administration formally issued a domestic “gag rule” designed to target Title X funding which ensures more than four million low-income Americans can access essential reproductive health care.

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“I will always fight for the rights of women to safely make their own health decisions and control their own future. This latest move by the Trump Administration puts essential healthcare services for thousands of Mainers at risk. I will do everything I can to ensure that the critical work done by Planned Parenthood and Maine Family Planning does not suffer as a result of this backwards policy decision.”

In Maine, Title X supports a network of reproductive and sexual health care providers throughout the state including Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Family Planning and some federally qualified health centers. The state receives approximately $2 million in Title X funds that would be at risk under the proposed gag rule.

As a participant in the Title X program, health care providers commit to providing care to all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. Almost half of the patients who receive Title X services are at 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and three quarters are below 200 percent of the FPL.