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US abortion gag: clinics that leave family planning programme may have to destroy contraceptives

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 31 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4969
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Family planning clinics that leave the US government’s Title X programme may have to return or destroy any contraceptives they bought at a discount rate.1

Many clinics throughout the US are currently deciding whether to remain part of Title X, after Donald Trump’s government announced a “domestic gag rule” earlier this year.

Title X clinics already cannot provide abortion services, but this new rule would mean that they cannot refer patients to another service for an abortion and would ban them from discussing abortion with service users.

While the new gag rule on Title X is still tied up in the US …

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