DeGette, Lee applaud end of Title X Gag Rule

Oct 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The co-chairs of the Pro-Choice Caucus, U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Barbara Lee (D-CA), hailed the steps taken today by the Biden administration to rebuild the nation’s Title X family planning program. 

“We applaud the Biden administration for taking swift action to help undo some of the damage done by the previous administration to our nation’s Title X program,” the co-chairs said. “The Title X program is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans that suffered untold harm under the Trump administration’s ideologically-driven restrictions. We are committed to continuing to work with the Biden administration to ensure that all people – no matter where they live, or how much money they make – have access to the reproductive health care they need.” 

According to research done by the Guttmacher Institute, the Trump administration’s Title X gag rule decimated the program, slashing its patient capacity in half and threatening care for millions of patients across the country. Data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that the number of people receiving care through Title X programs dropped 61% since 2018. 

“We are committed to working with the Biden administration to rebuild the Title X program and make reproductive care more accessible to everyone,” DeGette and Lee said. “The new rule put forth today by the Biden administration is a critical first step toward undoing the harm done by the previous administration and making the investments needed to ensure our Title X programs are working to provide equitable access to reproductive care throughout the U.S.” 

In May, DeGette and Lee, along with PCC Contraception Task Force lead Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and PCC member Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), led 135 members of the House in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to take swift action on the nation’s Title X program. 

“For 50 years, the Title X family planning program has been a critical underpinning of the public health safety-net infrastructure that serves millions of low-income people each year,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter to Biden. 

The PCC members then went on to detail their support for new regulations, similar to the rule released today, and called on the White House to move to finalize them as soon as possible.