Statement attributable to:
Gerald E. Harmon, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

October 5 2021

“The Biden administration’s final rule reversing drastic changes to the Title X family planning program is a major victory for physicians, health care professionals, and the millions of patients across the country who depend on Title X for access to essential reproductive care.

“Since 2019, the AMA has challenged the former Title X ‘gag rule,’ tirelessly advocating against its inappropriate interference into the patient-physician relationship and physicians’ ethical obligations — which jeopardized patient access to safe, confidential care for far too long.

“The AMA is extremely pleased that the new Title X regulations will restore and improve access to equitable, affordable care for our patients — particularly those most marginalized from Black, Brown, rural, and disabled communities who have unfortunately been disproportionately impacted. We look forward to the implementation of the new regulations and will continue to do our part to achieve the best outcomes for patients and physicians — improving the health of our nation.”

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