WASHINGTON – Following calls from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Biden administration proposed a new rule today that would rescind the former administration’s Title X policies – known as the ‘gag rule’ -- that severely curtailed access to vital family planning and sexual health services.
“The gag rule has hurt family planning centers in New Hampshire and across the country, and this proposal by the Biden administration to reverse the gag rule is a critical step in our efforts to ensure affordable access to health care for all Americans,” Senator Hassan said. “For too long, the gag rule has unnecessarily cut off federal funding to family planning centers, leaving many patients without the care that they need, especially women of color and low-income women. I am looking forward to working with the Biden administration to rebuild the Title X program and help expand access to quality, affordable health care.”
Senator Hassan is focused on expanding access to reproductive health care services and fighting against any efforts to chip away at the rights afforded under Roe v. Wade. Senator Hassan has led efforts in the Senate to protect Title X family planning centers, such as Planned Parenthood, which provide family planning services for low-income patients and serve nearly 18,000 Granite Staters annually. Earlier this year, Senator Hassan joined in leading more than 150 of her colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind the former administration’s Title X policies.