Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

20 states aim to block Trump abortion rule

20 states aim to block Trump abortion rule

The nation's Democratic attorneys general have repeatedly challenged initiatives of the Trump administration, weighing in on everything from the president's immigration policy to efforts to fund a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border through an emergency declaration.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has now filed 47 lawsuits against the Trump administration, says the new rule affects 4 million mostly low-income women nationwide and 1 million women in California.

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.

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

Joining New York and CT in the lawsuit are Oregon, Colorado, Delaware, 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.

"What this new rule means is that providers who receive Title X funding will have to decide whether they will refuse the funding or "cave" to the requirements of this new rule", said Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

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California has filed dozens of lawsuits challenging a number of the Trump administration's actions.

Planned Parenthood and other groups have said requiring federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in a separate physical facility from abortion providers would be too costly, and all but impossible to fulfill. A multi-state lawsuit, brought mostly by Democratic-controlled states, is set to be filed Tuesday in federal court in Eugene, Oregon, the NY attorney general's office said in a statement.

Called the "gag rule" by its opponents, a new requirement from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) limits health care providers' ability to educate their patients about abortion as an option.

Democratic-led states sued in two separate courts on Monday, as the Trump administration officially released its Title X family planning regulation that pulls all funding from abortion clinics.

"Similar regulations have already been upheld by the Supreme Court and we are confident the Trump administration will prevail", she said. "The new Title X regulations are a win-win for all Americans". "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". Before the rule change, the federal money could not be used to perform abortions. "It's unethical, and it flies in the face of the oath I took to care for my patients", Dr. Erin Berry said at a news conference last week.

"Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning which is why the Title X program has no business funding it", Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said in a statement. The American Civil Liberties Union plans to battle in the courts on behalf of Cedar River Clinics in Washington state, as well as the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, which represents a coalition of 900 providers.

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