CHSE joins health scholars' brief on Title X rules change

The federal program – Title X – provides birth control and other health services to millions of low-income Americans

CHSE Director John McConnell signed an amicus brief prepared by an American Public Health Association scholars group supporting an appeal to a proposed Trump administration rule that could affect availability of many basic health services.  

Title X is a federal program that provides birth control and other related reproductive health services to millions of low-income Americans. The Trump administration recently issued a draft rule that would make significant changes to Title X. Oregon has joined 19 other states, along with public health experts, the American Medical Association, and Planned Parenthood to express concerns about the draft rule and challenge the proposed changes in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The proposed draft would make any organization that provides or refers for abortions ineligible for Title X funding, meaning that these organizations and facilities would not receive federal funding to provide contraception, cancer screening, and Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) preventive services for low income populations.  Opponents argue that these proposed changes would results in a rise in unplanned pregnancies and increased Medicaid Expenditures.

Concerns related to the proposed Title X rule are laid out as arguments in an amicus ("friend of the court" or advisory) brief. Almost 200 health scholars joined the brief, from university around the country. Its arguments outline potential negative effects of the rule including a rise in unplanned pregnancies, delayed cancer screenings and diagnoses, and increased Medicaid expenditures.