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States, D.C. To Sue Trump Administration Over Abortion 'Gag Rule'

States, D.C. To Sue Trump Administration Over Abortion 'Gag Rule'

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that the state is one of 21 to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's administration new measure that restricts access to abortion and other reproductive health services.

After the positive experience I've had regarding female reproductive health so far as a young adult, it was upsetting to read the New York Times earlier this week and see the headline "Trump Administration Blocks Funds for Planned Parenthood and Others Over Abortion Referrals". The referral restrictions are part of a broader, conservative shift by the administration, which has been blocked in court from undoing an Obamacare requirement that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception.

More than 360 clinics in California receive federal family planning funding to provide birth control, cancer screenings, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and other health care services for primarily low-income patients. As a result, many fear, these clinics that serve approximately 4 million people a year may be forced to close their doors.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday that the Democratic-led state will file a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Health and Human Services Department's new family planning rule.

"Under the Protect Life Rule abortion centers can not serve as taxpayer-funded family planning centers ('co-location')".

Becerra said that California is home to the largest Title X provider network in the nation, serving about 1 million women, and contends that the rule places its clinics "in an untenable situation".

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seeks a court injunction to stop the rule from taking effect. Supporters of the rule expect funding for faith-based family planning organizations to increase.

"Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care", she said.

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The American Civil Liberties Union has also pledged to challenge the new rule in court.

"President Trump has chose to attack a program that helps to ensure that every person has access to basic, preventive and reproductive health care", Siebel Newsom said.

Washington, D.C., and 19 states said they would sue separately in OR on Tuesday.

The complaint is expected to be filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, Brown and Rosenblum said in a statement.

By defunding Planned Parenthood, the administration is directly impacting women from lower-income households. "HHS has exceeded the scope its statutory authority and acted in a manner that is arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with law", he wrote.

With the Trump administration's final revision to the Title X Family Planning Program now on the books, so too is the first lawsuit to challenge it. "Medical care should be between a woman and her doctor, not the president or the vice president of the United States". "The gag rule is unethical and will have a disastrous impact on the populations most in need of basic health care".

"Unfortunately, I think this is just another example of Attorney General Becerra really just trying to jockey for position for higher office", Keller said of the lawsuit.


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