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GW: Amicus Brief Finds Title X Gag Rule Threatens Health Care Access for Millions

On April 9, 57 public health scholars, including nine deans and associate deans at schools of public health and public policy, along with the American Public Health Association, filed an amicus brief in support of one of the pending court cases challenging the rule, American Medical Association et al., v Azar et al. The brief calls on the court to block implementation as unlawful under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).

The brief argues that the rule violates the APA because the Administration failed to consider how such a radical policy shift from prior law would affect access to vital health services. These health services include the most medically effective family planning methods, along with breast and cervical cancer screenings, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, immunizations, and other key services.

“Title X clinics are a lifeline for low-income women with significant health risks, for whom unintended pregnancy is an especially serious health threat,” said Ms. Sara Rosenbaum, the Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH) and one of the signing scholars and contributors to the brief. “If this rule takes effect, it will have major health care and health consequences. Prior experience tells us that these will include a significant rise in both unintended pregnancies and undetected health conditions.”

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