Secular Coalition Urges President Trump To Bag The Gag Rule

Washington, DC -- Today the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce the reinstatement of the domestic "gag rule", which will strip federal funding from any group that provides access to, or information about, abortion care. The proposed regulation would apply to Title X, the federal program that provides at least $260 million annually for contraception, screenings for sexually transmitted diseases, and other reproductive health services to millions of Americans.

"This new policy holds federal money hostage in exchange for adherence to the religious right's anti-choice ideology," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Medical professionals have a duty to inform their patients about their full range of reproductive health options and provide care that respects their patient's wishes. Neither President Trump, nor any other lawmaker, has the right to decide what medical information women have a right to know. This action by the Trump Administration is just one part of the religious right's renewed attack on Roe v. Wade and the freedom of choice. From Ohio to Louisiana, anti-choice lawmakers are emboldened by the current Administration and determined to roll back decades of hard-won progress for women's rights."

Prominent medical associations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physicians, have come out against the gag rule. Just two days ago, more than 110 public health organizations signed on to a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar warning him about the consequences of reinstating the domestic gag rule.

"The damage done by the reinstatement of the gag rule will extend beyond limiting access to abortion care," said Decker. "If the government can compel doctors not to inform you about abortion care, it can also urge them not to inform you about end-of-life options, birth control, or sterilization procedures. What's at stake is nothing less than our right to make our own, informed medical decisions."

Contact: Casey Brescia
Senior Communications Associate and Spokesman
[email protected], (845) 380-6201


The Secular Coalition for America is the nation's premier advocacy organization representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other nontheists. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The Secular Coalition represents 19 voting member organizations.

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