Stop the Domestic Gag Rule. Submit a Public Comment NOW!
Trump’s proposed domestic “gag rule” would prevent people from getting accurate health care information crucial to their well-being. While this rule effects all people, it is especially concerning for low-income women who rely on clinics funded by federal family planning dollars. If it is not stopped, this rule will strip millions of women who rely on these clinics of their ability to set the course of their lives.
The two major consequences of this policy would be:
- Healthcare providers cannot refer patients for abortion, even if prompted and the patient’s health is on the line.
- The law will not guarantee that patients are getting complete and accurate information from their doctors.
You can help. By posting a public comment to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) site, you can voice your opposition and show the administration that the gag rule cannot be put into action. Doctors have the obligation to provide accurate information and patients have the right to receive it. Make your voice heard!
- Start here: public comments can be posted on regulations.gov
- Click the “Comment Now” button on the top right corner.
- Write your comment (Note: when you submit a public comment, your comment and the information you provide may be visible as part of the public record).
- Click “Submit Comment,” and you are done. You have expressed to the administration that this proposed rule is dangerous and cannot be instated.
The 60-day public comment period to block Trump’s domestic gag rule is open until July 31st.
Here is some language you can use for your comment. Feel free to copy and paste, or adapt it as you please:
Dear HHS Secretary Alex Azar,
I am writing to urge you to express your opposition to this rule.
The gag rule is a direct attack on reproductive rights as it prevents health care providers to provide patients with their complete set of options. According to the most recent statistics, Title X serves 4 million patients each year and approximately 4,000 locations. Two-thirds of beneficiaries are under the age of 30, 89% are female, and two-thirds fall below the poverty line. Withholding information from these patients can put their lives at risk.
Trump wants to deregulate everything except women’s bodies. The proposed rule jeopardizes the doctor to patient relationship and is stripping millions of women of their ability to set the course of their lives. Everyone deserves full access to information regarding their health care regardless of their income or zip code. I demand that HHS stop this rule.
[your name here]