WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s new rules issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which would prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency:

"The Trump administration is forcing Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X with a gag rule that will impact women across the country.

“The Trump administration’s Title X rule change is a direct attack on Planned Parenthood and the access to health care that millions of women rely on. Reproductive choice and women’s health are being threatened due to the Trump administration’s deliberate attempt to reduce access to birth control, cancer screenings, and limit the other crucial services the organization provides.

“I stand with Planned Parenthood to ensure the reproductive rights of all women are protected, and I will fight to keep their critical services in Title X.”