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New Research: Oregon Would Suffer Under Trump-Pence Administration Gag Rule - 06/06/18

New research out this week shows that the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous new gag rule could mean 41 percent of Oregonians who rely on the nation’s family planning program would lose access to essential reproductive health care like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment at their preferred healthcare provider.

The rule makes it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers and any other provider in the Title X program to tell their patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would also introduce new restrictions designed to keep patients across Oregon from accessing birth control at Planned Parenthood health centers.

Title X is the nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care, and serves more than 4 million people each year. Planned Parenthood health centers serve 41 percent of the people who rely on Title X for care in Oregon, meaning the new restrictions would have a devastating impact on care across the state. 

“This research clearly shows what medical experts and people across Oregon already know: Planned Parenthood is part of the fabric of our state, and the Trump-Pence rule would be devastating for the 41 percent of Title X patients who rely on us for basic health care,” said Laurel Swerdlow, Interim Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. “No woman should be denied basic information about her health care — including safe and legal abortion. The result of this rule is that people will not get the health care they need. We will never stop fighting for Planned Parenthood patients, and to ensure that all people have access to the full range of reproductive health care.”

Findings of the new research released today by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee show:

  • In 2015, Oregon had 81 Title X-funded sites operated by different types of agencies.
  • Title X-funded sites delivered contraceptive care to 48,990 women in Oregon in 2015, which helped these patients prevent 10,500 unintended pregnancies and 3,500 abortions.
  • 41 percent of women who received contraceptive care from a Title X-funded provider in Oregon were served by Planned Parenthood in 2015.
  • If Planned Parenthood were excluded from Title X, all other types of Title X-funded sites in Oregon would have to increase their contraceptive client caseloads by 69 percent to serve the women who currently obtain contraceptive care from Planned Parenthood health centers.

The rule has been met with widespread opposition by the American people, the medical community, lawmakers and public health experts. New polling from Hart Research Associates showed overwhelming opposition to the Trump-Pence administration’s efforts to take away women’s basic rights and health care. Major medical associations — including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists — oppose this rule. More than 200 members of Congress — including Oregon’s entire Democratic congressional delegation — and more than 110 public health organizations have come out in opposition to the gag policy.

The proposed Trump-Pence gag rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, would do three main things: 

  1. Make it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals and community health centers across the country that participate in the Title X program to refer their patients for safe, legal abortion.
  2. Impose new restrictions designed to make it impossible for patients to get birth control or preventive care from reproductive healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood.
  3. Remove the guarantee that people are getting full and accurate information about their health care from their doctors. For nearly two decades, Title X law has been clear: Healthcare providers cannot withhold information from you about your pregnancy options. This rule means they can.

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Governor Brown Joins Growing Opposition to Trump's Domestic "Gag Rule" - 05/31/18

Oregon Governor Kate Brown joined 13 other governors across the country in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s domestic gag rule, which would make it illegal for healthcare providers to refer for abortion and impose new restrictions intended to block patients from Planned Parenthood health centers for birth control. They join the 73 percent of Americans, 200 members of Congress and 110 public health organizations who already oppose the rule.

“We stand with women and men in our states by rejecting this Administration’s efforts to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship, eviscerate women’s access to family planning services, and force medical professionals to knowingly withhold information from their patients,” the governors said in the letter. “If the federal government breaks its commitment to states in the Title X program, we will react in kind and do what is necessary to protect the health of our constituents.”

The Trump-Pence administration introduced a nationwide gag rule this month, a radical departure from how health care has operated in the United States up until this point. The rule makes it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals, community health centers and any other provider in the Title X program to tell patients how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would also introduce new rules designed to make it impossible for patients to access birth control and other reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers across the country.

Statement from Lisa Gardner, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon, and Anne Udall, Interim President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette:

“We’re grateful to Governor Brown for standing with Oregon women, and rejecting this dangerous policy. Thousands of Oregon women depend on Planned Parenthood for birth control and other basic health care. The Trump-Pence administration is taking direct aim at their health and rights, and we are glad that Governor Brown is joining the growing nationwide opposition to these attacks.”

The other signers of the letter are Governors Jay Inslee (WA), Gina Raimondo (RI), Andrew Cuomo (NY), Dannel Malloy (CT), Phil Murphy (NJ), Tom Wolf (PA), John Carney (DE), Ralph Northam (VA), Roy Cooper (NC), Mark Dayton (MN), John Hickenlooper (CO), Steve Bullock (MT) and David Ige (HI).

The proposed rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, would do three main things:  

1. Make it illegal for doctors, nurses, hospitals and community health centers across the country that participate in the Title X program to refer their patients for safe, legal abortion.

2. Impose new restrictions designed to make it impossible for patients to get birth control or preventive care from reproductive healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood.

3. Remove the guarantee that people are getting full and accurate information about their health care from their doctors. For decades, Title X law has been clear: Health care providers cannot withhold information from you about your pregnancy options. This rule means they can.

Read the full letter from the 14 Governors here.

Key facts about Title X and Planned Parenthood:

  • According to latest estimates, Planned Parenthood health centers served four in 10 Title X patients (41 percent) in 2015, despite only accounting for 13 percent of Title X centers.
  • More than half of Planned Parenthood’s health centers are located in medically underserved areas.
  • Research has shown that Planned Parenthood consistently outperforms other publicly funded providers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers, when it comes to meeting the family planning needs of people across the United States by:
    • Providing the full range of birth control methods on-site;
    • Filling longer-term contraceptive prescriptions; and
    • Offering shorter wait times and expanded health center hours.
  • Community health centers will not be able to fill the huge void if Planned Parenthood is blocked from Title X program, dealing a major blow to health care access for thousands of low-income people across the country.
    • Community health centers themselves say there is no way they could fill the gap if Planned Parenthood health centers were no longer allowed to serve these patients.
    • The idea that other providers could absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients has been resoundingly dismissed by experts. In fact, Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association, called the idea “ludicrous."
    • Across the entire community health center network, nearly half of sites served fewer than 10 contraceptive patients annually.
    • In fact, many of the lists of “replacement” providers don’t even provide reproductive health care. In Louisiana, the state list of alternative providers included dentists and nursing homes. In Florida, it included school nurses. In Ohio, it included food banks.

The gag rule has been met with immediate and widespread opposition:

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon Welcomes New Executive Director (Photo) - 05/21/18

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon (PPAO) announced today that Emily McLain will serve as its new Executive Director. She will make her first appearance at the 2018 Courageous Voice Breakfast on May 30th in Portland, and will officially join the staff on June 13th.

McLain previously served as PPAO’s Government Relations Consultant from 2014 to 2016. During her tenure, PPAO passed landmark legislation to expand access to birth control and to protect patient privacy.

“We are thrilled that Emily will be leading our work to advance reproductive justice in Oregon — especially at this critical time for women’s health and rights,” says PPAO Board Chair Becca Uherbelau. “The Trump-Pence attacks have fueled an unprecedented mobilization of people, with women truly leading that charge. Emily has the grassroots organizing experience, the strategic expertise and a forward-thinking vision to guide PPAO as we continue to work in coalition to protect Oregon women’s health.”

McLain has extensive experience lobbying for multiple organizations in addition to PPAO, including Oregon Education Association, Basic Rights Oregon, the Oregon Bus Project and many other progressive causes. She previously served as Political Director for Basic Rights Oregon, helping to secure the freedom to marry in Oregon, and as Executive Director of the Oregon Student Association, where she led the largest nonpartisan voter registration drive in state history, registering 50,000 voters in 2012. She also serves as a Board Member for Emerge Oregon, which trains Democratic women to run for elected office.

A native of Forest Grove, Oregon, McLain has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Oregon. She lives in Portland with her husband, Tom Hojem.

PPAO boasts 233,241 activists and supporters across Oregon, which has been named the leading state for reproductive rights by The Population Institute. Last year, PPAO worked in coalition to pass the Reproductive Health Equity Act, the most comprehensive reproductive health policy in the nation. PPAO recently received national recognition from Planned Parenthood Federation of America with the 2015 Volunteer Excellence Award and the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award.

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