ACNM Statement in Opposition of Title X “Domestic Gag” Final Rule
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has released a detailed statement in strong opposition of new funding and eligibility requirements regarding new Title X funding and eligibility. The statement reads, in part, "The American College of Nurse-Midwives supports policy solutions that ensure all people have access to a full-range of preventive, reproductive, and sexual health services, including full access to abortion services. As part of our commitment to comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive health for all individuals, ACNM strongly opposes new funding and eligibility rules put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding new Title X funding and eligibility. Title X provides nearly $300 million dollars a year to 4,000 clinics nationwide, providing four million patients with reproductive health care services including contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, cancer screening, and other routine reproductive health care." It continues, "Forcing providers to lie to patients, silencing providers’ provision of evidence-based care, placing already vulnerable communities at even greater risk, and undermining the right of all people to access safe and effective reproductive health care is antithetical to the principles of midwifery." Read the full statement here.
ACNM thanks the members of the Midwives in Support of Reproductive Health and Abortion Caucus for their hard work in drafting the statement reaffirming ACNM’s longstanding position in support of policy decisions that strengthen access to and use of sexual and reproductive health care coverage and services provided by midwives and other providers that build upon gains made in nation’s health care system.
About ACNMWith 6500 members, ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. ACNM promotes excellence in midwifery education, clinical practice, and research. With roots dating to 1929, our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM provides research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, establishes educational and clinical practice standards, and creates liaisons with state and federal agencies and members of Congress to increase the visibility and recognition of midwifery care.