Put patients first; don’t restrict Title X

I am a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in Maple Grove, specializing in taking care of women throughout the life span from teenagers seeking contraception to pregnancy care and management of menopausal symptoms. In addition to my 10 years of clinical practice, I also have additional expertise in public health and advocacy, both critical dimensions of women’s health. As a physician, a woman, and a mother, I am concerned about the nearly 60,000 women in Minnesota who are in danger of losing access to basic health care, including cancer screening and contraception, as a result of the Trump administration’s proposed rule that would severely restrict Title X.

Title X, signed into law by President Richard Nixon, championed at the time by future President George H.W. Bush, and passed by Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, 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.

In 2016, Title X-funded sites delivered essential services to 56,400 patients in Minnesota. That year, 92 percent of these patients accessed care at a Title X-funded Planned Parenthood. The Title X program helped Minnesota women to prevent 13,200 unintended pregnancies in 2015. A meager investment of just $3.6 million in Title X funds saved our state and the federal government over $90 million in 2010.

Policy decisions about women’s health must be firmly rooted in science and must increase access to safe, effective, and timely care. We urge our partners across the medical community to join us in telling the administration to put patients first and withdraw this proposed rule without delay. Don’t let politics come between physicians and our patients.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Misty Martin on 08/01/2018 - 12:17 pm.

    Isn’t it interesting and sad at the same time . . .

    That it would be under this President’s administration that Title X would be severely restricted by a lack of Federal funding, or whatever reason. Perhaps it falls under Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “religious liberty” task force to prevent young women and teenagers from engaging in pre-marital sexual relations. As a Christian, I won’t deny that God is against such relations (the only sexual relations that is approved of in the Bible are those in marriage between a man and his wife) however, as a woman and a mother of two children – I know all too well that nothing has held back the sexual urges of young people so far in history, and there are millions of unwanted pregnancies to prove that fact.

    I simply find it interesting that given President Trump’s track record with women so far, that it would be under his administration to prevent young women and low-income women in general from seeking medical care that they can’t afford otherwise. To say that I find it hypocritical is just too simplistic a statement to make.

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