California sues over Trump administration changes to Title X family planning program

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The Trump administration has said the rule is necessary to ensure the legal and ethical use of taxpayer dollars.

The multistate lawsuit includes Oregon, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. 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. "Contrary to pro-abortion misinformation, the Protect Life Rule does not cut Title X funding by a single dime - it simply enforces the existing statute that draws a bright line of separation between abortion and family planning". Two-thirds of the patients served at Oregon's Title X clinics are reportedly "at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level, and 95 percent were below 250 percent of the federal poverty level". "Consistent with the statutory requirement that no funds may be expended where abortion is a method of family planning, this regulation no longer requires, and affirmatively prohibits, referral for abortion as a method of family planning".

"Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is thankful for Congressman Pappas's support in raising awareness about the devastating impact that the Title X gag rule will have both in New Hampshire and nationally", said Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Vice President of Policy Sabrina Dunlap.

That new rule could potentially affect thousands of Oregonians, many of them low-income and people of color.

The lawsuits seek an injunction to prevent the rule from going into effect.

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

OR leaders are preparing to sue the Trump administration over a new rule they say will "significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information".

"Everyone deserves the ability [to] make their own decisions about their health care", Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown also said in a statement after the rule was announced, according to the Post. The network of women's health clinics receives about 10% of its funds from the program.

"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.

Becerra was joined at the Capitol on Monday in announcing the lawsuit by some 20 women lawmakers, including Senate leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Legislative Women's Caucus Chair Sen.

Becerra accused the administration of trying to "sabotage" Title X services for women.

Tomorrow, there will be a similar lawsuit filed in OR by that state joined by about twenty other states. "This gag rule is an attack on women everywhere, but especially the most marginalized and most vulnerable among us".

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