IL among 20 states to sue over Trump adminstration's abortion rule

Pearl Mccarthy
March 6, 2019

"The Trump-Pence Administration has doubled down on its attacks on women's health", California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

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

The attorneys general of OR and NY led the group of states, as well as the District of Columbia, in announcing their lawsuit Monday.

Opponents are calling the proposal a "gag rule", and vow to stop it by seeking an injunction before it goes into effect in 60 days. "Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care". Rosenblum said the rule would force providers who receive funding to decide whether they will refuse it or "cave" to the new requirements.

California filed the first lawsuit on Monday. In a news statement, OR officials explained, for example, that "it would require health clinics to open another location, OR create a separate entrance for patients, have separate examination rooms, hire separate personnel to work at separate workstations, maintain a separate phone number and website, and have separate electronic medical systems in order to continue to accept Title X funds".

IL and 19 other states intend to file lawsuits that seek to block the Trump administration's new rule to make it more hard for women to get 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".

Abortion rights activists and other backers of Planned Parenthood at a demonstration in NY last month against the Trump administration's Title X rule change. But under the revisions, health care providers who receive Title X funds can not talk about abortion with patients or offer referrals for the procedure. "This illegal Title X rule denies patients access to critical healthcare services and prevents doctors from providing comprehensive and accurate information about medical care". Supporters of the rule, such as Californians for Life, expect funding for faith-based family planning organizations to increase.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated when the new cycle for Title X funding begins.

The rule affects some 4 million mostly low-income people nationwide, Becerra said. "I'm proud that OR is taking the lead in this important lawsuit".

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.

Rosenblum's office said that the new rule also mandates that every pregnant patient receive a referral for prenatal care, "regardless of the needs or the wishes of the patient".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the move an "outrageous assault on the health care of vulnerable and under-served women and families", adding that the rule will "gravely undermin [e] the health and strength of America".

The Center for Reproductive Rights and American Civil Liberties Union have also said they will sue over the administration's final rule, according to the Post.

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