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New TxPEP Study Signals Adverse Impact of Proposed Federal Title X Guidelines on Abortion Counseling and Referrals

Thu, October 11, 2018
New TxPEP Study Signals Adverse Impact of Proposed Federal Title X Guidelines on Abortion Counseling and Referrals
New TxPEP research, published in Contraception, discusses abortion counseling and referrals in the state of Texas, which could be replicated across the US through Title X changes.

New TxPEP research, published in Contraception, compares pregnancy options counseling and referral practices at state-funded and federal Title X-funded family planning organizations in Texas, following the enforcement of a 2013 policy restricting abortion referrals for providers participating in state-funded programs. Pregnancy options counseling consists of providing information on parenting, adoption and abortion. Referrals can include handing out a list of providers, connecting patients to programs for financial assistance and making an appointment for the patient.

Proposed changes to the Title X guidelines prohibit organizations from receiving funds if they provide comprehensive abortion referrals. This new ‘gag rule,’ similar to a policy implemented in Texas in 2013, states that organizations and providers receiving family planning funds must not “provide or promote elective abortions.” 

”None of the organizations in our study provided abortions, but the people we interviewed were worried that they could lose their family planning funding just by sharing information about abortion. They feared this might be seen as ‘promoting’ abortion, which would violate state policy,” said Kari White, Ph.D., lead author of the study and investigator at TxPEP, part of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. ”What we saw in Texas is likely to happen on a national level under the proposed Title X guidelines that include similar restrictions.”

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