Title X clinics across the country provide free and discounted birth control, STD testing and other services to millions of low-income people. The groups argue that more people than ever need these services now that abortion is banned in a quarter of states and STD rates are at record highs.
“Congress had a clear directive and she failed to fulfill it,” said Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson. “At a time Roe v. calf has been repealed and access to health care is increasingly threatened, this law is currently not being complied with.”
HELP Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) attributed the party’s failure to increase funding for Title X to “Republicans’ “extreme position on reproductive rights” and said it will continue to fight for more money for the program next year.
“It just shouldn’t be controversial to make sure people can get birth control and cancer screening,” she said.
As expected, the omnibus also sticks to the Hyde Amendment, the decades-old amendment banning federal funding for abortion, as well as several other longstanding restrictions on federal health insurance covering the procedure. The Democrats promised to repeal this policy afterward turnip was overturned but blocked by unanimous GOP opposition as well as dissenting opinions from Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and other conservative Democrats.
Progressive health groups noted that with the Republicans taking control in 2023, this omnibus is the last chance for the foreseeable future to boost family planning funding and unseat riders like Hyde.