States Ready Lawsuits to Block New Trump Administration Abortion Policy

California files suit to block Trump administration’s abortion ‘gag rule’ in family planning program

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

California has filed dozens of lawsuits challenging a number of the Trump administration's actions. "Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care", said Attorney General Rosenblum.

Nineteen other states and Washington, D.C., said they would sue separately Tuesday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, both Democrats, on Monday announced another lawsuit with Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. And last week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he would also challenge the rule.

Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over a new "gag rule" that could prevent family planning clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals from receiving federal funds.

There's just one big exception: due to the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976, no Title X funds-or any federal funds, for that matter-can be spent on abortions. "This is yet another attack from the Trump Administration on women and families, and it is appalling that the federal government wants to rob individuals of the right to complete medical information and full access to the critical health care services they rely on".

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The rule states that "none of the funds appropriated for Title X may be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning". The network of women's health clinics receives about 10% of its funds from the program. "The final regulation is the latest of numerous recent decisions - from rolling back insurance coverage for contraceptives to attempting to eliminate funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs - that unravel the threads of this safety net".

Becerra, in the California filing, called the rule an "extraordinary overreach".

In seeking an injunction, the state argues that the federal agency has exceeded the scope of its statutory authority and acted in a manner that is arbitrary and a violation of the federal Administrative Procedure Act and the U.S. Constitution.

In a statement, Becerra claimed that the rule would deny "patients access to critical health care services and prevents doctors from providing comprehensive and accurate information about medical care". Those clinics may provide lists of health care providers to women, but they can't identify which ones perform abortions.

Pro-choice activists, politicians and others associated with Planned Parenthood gather for a news conference and demonstration at City Hall against the Trump administrations title X rule change on February 25, 2019 in New York City. Their programs serve about 1 million people a year, more than a quarter of the Title X patients in the country. 21 state Attorneys General have joined the lawsuit in addition to Oregon. OR took in more than $3 million in Title X funding last fiscal year. But facilities in New Hampshire are still bracing for sweeping reductions. And independent clinics say the funding cuts will draw away from nonabortion related care such as contraceptives and STD treatment.

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