Action: Condemn Trump’s Abortion Gag Rule

Olympia Indivisible’s Action

Trump signed an order that requires that clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to a caregiver that would provide an abortion would lose all federal funding. The order would give Planned Parenthood and other groups that receive federal family planning money a choice: either disentangle themselves from abortion or lose government funding. The policy would be a return to one instituted in 1988 by Reagan that required abortion services to have a “physical separation” and “separate personnel” from other family planning activities. That policy is often described as a domestic “gag rule” because it barred caregivers at facilities that received family planning funds from providing any information to patients about an abortion or where to receive one.

Federal family planning laws already bar direct funding of organizations that use abortion as a family planning method. The new proposed rule would tighten the rules further so that abortions could not occur or be performed by the same staff at locations that receive Title X federal family planning money. The policy would prompt legal challenges. There were legal challenges soon after the Reagan administration adopted it. Planned Parenthood and other groups filed lawsuits that blocked the rules. While the Supreme Court decided in 1991 that they could move forward, they were never fully carried out. Bill Clinton rescinded the policy in 1994.

Action 1 from Olympia Indivisible:  Call your members of Congress to urge them to work to undo this executive action.

Look Up Contact Info for U.S. Federal Officials:

  • Washington State Senators
    • Senator Maria Cantwell 253-572-2281
    • Senator Patty Murray 253-572-3636

This order is intended to prevent Planned Parenthood and other health care providers from accessing federal funds for providing health care unless they not only stop providing abortions, but even let patients know such services are available at all and how to access them.

Planned Parenthood’s Action

What is Trump’s Gag Rule?

How can I oppose this?

Action 2 from Planned Parenthood: Submit an official comment to the Department of Health and Human Services telling them you oppose this attempt to allow doctors to withhold information from their patients.

Scroll down this blog page and click on Act now: Stop the gag rule.

Action 1 is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to Olympia Indivisible’s website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.

Action 2 is from Planned Parenthood.