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Today, and every day

Today, on International Women's Day, we celebrate a basic theme: A balanced world is a better world.

"Raise awareness against bias," the organizers of this year's celebration urge us. "Take action for equality."

This is the context in which I view the Trump Administration's recent regulations designed to make it more difficult for women to learn about or take action regarding their own health choices.

Can you imagine a world where doctors and nurses are not allowed to talk to their patients about all their options when they find out they are pregnant? How about a situation where the patient has made clear her desire to terminate her pregnancy but, nevertheless, must be referred instead by her physician for prenatal services?

As of last week — when the Trump administration issued its Title X "Gag Rule" — that is, unfortunately, soon to be the world we live in.

This simply cannot be allowed to stand. Joined by Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association, and 20 other states, I am suing Donald Trump and his Health and Human Services agency to prevent this awful rule from taking effect. Before rural health clinics are forced to close, leaving millions of women out in the cold.

Let me put it this way: this new Rule is an astonishing and an unacceptable setback to the quality of health care and information that millions of our most vulnerable Americans are entitled to receive. It reflects a terrible bias against women and actively promotes our inequality.

Under Title X, the federal government hasn't paid for abortions since 1970. So this rule is not about ending government funding for abortions. That was done long ago. It's about an anti-choice federal administration bullying and threatening women's health clinics until they stop providing abortions, no matter who pays for them.

The irony of this rule is that it may have the effect of causing more abortions — rather than fewer. That's because the Gag Rule will make it much more difficult for millions of women to access basic health care, including contraception, when clinics lose federal funding because of their refusal to go along with this unethical, illegal, and unconscionable rule.

Stopping its implementation is the least we can do to be consistent with the values of International Women's Day — and to keep Oregon a bulwark in the continuing fight for the right of women to obtain full information when making their own health-care choices and, then, to be able to effectuate those choices.

Thank you for standing strong on issues like this one.

And, of course: Happy International Women's Day!


Posted on March 8, 2019.
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