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Commissioner Jones statement on Trump rule to restrict funds for women’s health services

News: 2018 Press Release

For Release: May 21, 2018
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Commissioner Jones statement on Trump rule to restrict funds for women’s health services
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In response to reports that the Trump administration is preparing the release of a rule restricting Title X funding for organizations providing vital women's health services, such as Planned Parenthood, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issued the following statement:

"President Trump's actions demonstrate a fundamental disrespect for women and their rights. Millions of women access basic health care services each year at clinics that receive Title X funding. The Trump Administration's proposed regulations are a direct attack on the right of all women to make their own reproductive health care decisions. It is the height of irresponsibility to interfere with a doctor or other medical professional's ability to provide appropriate medical information or referrals to their patients. Trump's actions are an outrageous attempt to deny women access to a wide range of critical health care services and we will fight this every step of the way. State and federal law requires that preventative health care services such as contraceptives, cancer screening and testing for STDs be available at no cost to patients with insurance, but President Trump's actions interfere with the right to access these services as well as the right to access abortion services."

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Media Notes:

The Title X Family Planning program was enacted in 1970. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. The almost 4000 Title X funded service sites provide contraceptive education and counseling; breast and cervical cancer screening; sexually transmitted disease (STD) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, referral, and prevention education; and pregnancy diagnosis and counseling. For many patients, Title X providers are their only ongoing source of health care and health education. In 2016, Title X funded providers served more than 4 million family planning clients.  

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