BOSTON – Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has joined a coalition of 23 attorneys general to present comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in support of a proposed rule that would nullify the U.S. Trump administration against Title X, a national family planning program that provides money to help low-income women access health care services.
“Trump’s harmful gag rule denied access to critical health care services for low-income, black and brown and LGBTQ + communities across the country,” AG Healey said. “We are delighted that the Biden Administration moved quickly to restore the vital and successful Title X program.”
According to Healey, the Trump Administration’s regulations included a “gag rule” that effectively prohibits Title X providers from discussing safe and legal abortions with their patients, regardless of the provider’s judgment or the patient’s wishes.
Prior to the Trump administration rule, Massachusetts received more than $ 4 million annually in Title X funding that allowed state service sites to offer services that included pregnancy testing, contraceptive services, routine gynecological care, anemia, diabetes, cervical and breast cancer testing, infertility services, treatment of sexually transmitted diseases and health education.
Healey said the services provided through the federal Title X program helped prevent thousands of unwanted pregnancies in the state each year.
“By reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in MassHealth-dependent low-income populations, Title X saved the state and federal government about $ 150 million annually.”
AG Healey was part of the coalition of 21 attorneys general who sued to challenge Trump administration regulations in March 2019.
Joins AG Healey to send letter attorneys general from California, New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania , Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia