Venice Family Clinic statement on President Biden’s executive action to end anti-abortion funding restrictions on women’s health care


LOS ANGELES – (Jan. 28, 2021) – Following is a statement from Karen Lamp, M.D., associate medical director and director of the Briskin Women’s Health program at Venice Family Clinic, on President Joseph Biden’s executive orders issued today that ended anti-abortion restrictions on federal funds for women’s health care.

“We applaud President Biden for acting quickly to protect women’s health by ending these unconscionable and unethical regulations put in place by the previous administration. The president’s executive orders will put an end to the global and domestic ‘gag rules’ that placed women’s health at risk in the U.S. and around the globe by denying certain federal funds to health care organizations that provided information about abortion.

“With the stroke of a pen, the president is ensuring women – including some 4 million low-income women in the U.S. who receive care from the Title X program – can continue to receive important health care services, including birth control, wellness checks, breast and cervical cancer screening, and HIV and sexually transmitted disease tests.

“His executive orders have eliminated regulations that required health care providers, like Venice Family Clinic, to choose between giving up Title X funds that are needed for these services – or operating unethically by allowing the government to dictate what can and cannot be said to patients. Now our Clinic and health care providers across the country can continue to receive Title X funds and provide the information and care our patients need.”

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