Senate District 9
Cecil Thomas
Senators Thomas and Tavares Introduce Resolution Denouncing Trump's "Domestic Gag Rule"
June 14, 2018
Today, state Senators Charleta B. Tavares (D-Columbus) and Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) introduced a resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution 25, denouncing President Trump’s proposed “domestic gag rule” and affirming their support for medically-accurate, legal family planning services.

“Trump’s gag rule is a dangerous intrusion on the patient-provider relationship,” said Senator Tavares. “This extreme proposal will block many low-income and uninsured women from accessing essential health care services. And it will disproportionately affect women of color, who already face barriers to care and could lose access entirely.”

On May 21, President Trump submitted a proposed rule that would restrict Title X funding from being allocated to family planning providers that advise women on abortions, like Planned Parenthood. It will also allow doctors and nurses to withhold medically-accurate information from their patients.

“Prohibiting doctors from explaining the full range of options available to their patients and restricting women’s access to care is wrong and puts the government where they don’t belong – in the exam room,” said Senator Thomas. “We should be increasing access to care. Instead, gag rules do the exact opposite and actually lead to more unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.”

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, efforts to block Title X funding to family planning providers like Planned Parenthood could reduce low-income and young women’s access to contraceptives and reproductive health services. When Texas passed a law defunding Planned Parenthood, there was an increase in Medicaid-funded births according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition to Senators Tavares and Thomas, SCR 25 is co-sponsored by state Senators Edna Brown (D-Toledo), Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta), Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman), Michael J. Skindell (D-Lakewood), Vernon Sykes (D-Akron), Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland) and Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights).

The proposed rule is currently open for public comment. Citizens can provide their thoughts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services here. Comments must be received by July 31, 2018.

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