Because of the Title X gag rule, health centers served 844,000 fewer patients in just one year, a 22 percent decrease. This has exacerbated the barriers that those living in contraceptive deserts already face.
There have been some encouraging first steps to repair Title X, but Congress still needs to hear from you. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has begun the process of getting rid of the domestic gag rule in response to a directive from President Biden. And the American Rescue Plan included a one-time investment to bring clinics back into the program. To fully repair the damage done to Title X and get more people the birth control they need, the program needs significantly more money each year.
What can you do to help? Contact your members of Congress and urge them to increase annual funding for Title X to at least $512 million and encourage HHS to move as quickly as possible to replace the Title X gag rule.