Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH) has joined with other organizations to oppose proposed changes to Title X that would severely decrease access to essential healthcare services. Following is the response signed on to by ACOG, AAP, ACNM, ACP, APAOG, NPWH, NSRH and SAHM:
America's Women's Health Providers Oppose Efforts to Exclude Qualified Providers from Federally-Funded Programs
May 23, 2018
Washington, D.C. -- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Association for Physician Assistants in Obstetrics and Gynecology (APAOG), the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH), Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSRH), and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's proposed rule restricting qualified providers from federally-funded programs:
Organizations representing over 300,000 women and children's health providers oppose all efforts to exclude qualified women's health service providers and limit health care information through the Title X program.
Politicians have no role in picking and choosing among qualified providers. Title X is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to providing low-income and adolescent patients with access to essential family planning and preventive health services and information. Under this proposed rule, more than 40 percent of Title X patients are at risk of losing access to critical primary and preventive care services. Further, patients served by Title X will lose access to meaningful health information. The proposed rule dangerously intrudes on the patient-provider relationship.
Restricting access to care and information will increase rates of unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy complications, and undiagnosed medical conditions. It will reverse decades of progress that have brought our nation to a 30-year low for unplanned pregnancy and record low teen pregnancy rates. These public health victories are due in large part to the good work of the Title X program and qualified providers who offer high-quality patient care. The administration should advance policies that continue this positive trend, not undermine it.
Policy decisions about women's health must be firmly rooted in science, and increase access to safe, effective and timely care. Together we strongly urge the administration to put patients first and withdraw this proposed rule without delay. Our organizations will submit comments to further highlight the dangerous negative impact of women's health and the patient-provider relationship.
NSRH Comments on the Proposed Rule
As nurses, midwives, and providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare, we are concerned and emboldened by this administration's attempt to deny critical healthcare to patients. We know, firsthand, that access to information about healthcare is as important as access to care itself, and this rule serves to restrict us as providers from giving our patients needed healthcare information. Furthermore, restricting funding of essential services directly impacts working class people, denying them access to healthcare as their basic human right. We join our colleagues in calling for the withdrawal of this rule, while remaining committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare to all, regardless of economic status or identity.
You Will Be Able to Respond
The federal government will make a site available for public comments on the proposed rule. We will provide you with a link to the site as soon as it is up and running.