California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: Drug execs set for grilling | Washington state to sue over Trump rule targeting Planned Parenthood | Wyoming moves closer to Medicaid work requirements Washington state to sue Trump administration over rule targeting Planned Parenthood NY, California and Washington threaten to sue over Trump rule to restrict abortion referrals MORE (D) filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the Trump administration’s new policy that could strip millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) separately announced Monday that she would lead 21 states in filing a national lawsuit against the rule on Tuesday.
California became the first state to sue over the policy, arguing that the rule would interfere with the practice of medicine and result in many providers going out of business.
“The Trump-Pence Administration has doubled down on its attacks on women’s health,” Becerra said in a statement.
The administration rolled out changes late last month to the Title X Family Planning grant program that requires clinics be physically and financially separate from abortion providers.
This could disqualify many of Planned Parenthood’s 600 centers across the country, which receives about a quarter of Title X funds annually to provide reproductive health and preventive services to low-income women.
Federal funding can’t be used for abortions, but the administration argues any money that goes to abortion providers could indirectly support the procedure.
Clinics would also be banned from referring women for abortions or counseling them on abortion as an option to end pregnancy.
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said last month the organization wouldn’t be able to participate in the program under the new rules, arguing that it would force them to “compromise our ethics.”
Opponents of the rule call it a “gag rule” that prevents doctors from talking honestly with patients about their options.
Rosenblum said the rule would force providers who receive funding to decide whether they will refuse it or ‘cave’ to the new requirements.
“Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care,” Rosenblum said.
Joining Oregon in the lawsuit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Most of the changes take effect this summer, but the physical separation requirements take effect March 4, 2020.
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