Congressman Pappas Applauds Court’s Decision to Block Domestic Gag Rule

April 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Last night a Federal District Court Judge in Oregon announced that he will issue a preliminary injunction to block the Trump Administration’s gag rule on Title X funding, following a suit filed by the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood. If allowed to go into effect, the Trump Administration’s unprecedented rule would deny critical funding to family planning providers who provide patients with information about reproductive health care options.

“Last night’s decision was a victory for the more than four million Americans who depend on this program to receive lifesaving care,” said Congressman Pappas. “If allowed to go into effect, the Administration’s policy would compromise critical health services that are delivered to thousands of Granite Staters and would exacerbate health challenges across our state. I promise to continue working alongside the rest of the New Hampshire delegation to fight this outrageous policy and ensure this gag rule is stopped.”

Background: 

Congressman Pappas, a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, has been extremely outspoken in defense of access to family planning services. Earlier this week Congressman Pappas stood with the New Hampshire delegation and Planned Parenthood to rebuke the Administration’s domestic gag rule after meeting with local health care providers to better understand the ramifications of this policy on New Hampshire families.

Congressman Pappas also joined his Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education requesting full funding of Title X.