Latina-identified immigrants experience multiple barriers to healthcare, including contraception and reproductive care. This can result in lack of access to affordable preventive screenings, such as Pap smears, mammograms, and tests for sexually transmitted infections, according to the authors of a recent study.
Family planning providers anticipate positive changes to the Title X program as President Biden announced his administration would roll back the Trump rules that forced hundreds of family planning clinics out of the program.
Essential Access Health and other family planning advocacy organizations petitioned the Supreme Court to review a Court of Appeals decision that upholds the Trump administration’s Title X regulations and gag rule. Because of the changes, the number of Title X sites in California dropped from 366 to 238.
Essential Access Health has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a February 2020 decision that upheld the Trump administration’s Title X regulations, issued May 22, 2018, which have had a dramatic effect on Title X family planning centers.
The recent Title X changes have proven devastating to women depending on family planning centers for their reproductive healthcare needs. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upheld the Trump administration’s gag rule that prohibits Title X providers from referring patients for abortion care or even answering questions about abortion.