California Abortion Rights Lawsuit

Henrietta Brewer
March 6, 2019

The lawsuits are the latest of dozens of legal challenges that it and other states led by Democrats have filed in a bid to block Trump administration policies.

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

The rule imposes what administration officials have referred to as a "bright line" of physical and financial separation between the provision of family planning and abortion services, effectively requiring Planned Parenthood to drastically alter its operations, or else cease to receive an estimated $60 million in annual funding. Washington, D.C., also plans to file suit on Tuesday. The states are: 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. "Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care". The filings are the first of what is expected to be a flurry of challenges to the new rule that would affect more than 4 million low-income women who receive services ranging from cancer screenings to pregnancy tests through the Department of Health and Human Services program.

"CT is prepared to join our sister states in legal action to block the Trump administration from pushing a politically-motivated, anti-choice agenda on millions of individuals nationwide", he said.

The new rule specifically prohibits "referral for abortion as a method of family planning", but does not bar "nondirective counseling on abortion".

A suit, mostly backed by Democratic-controlled states, was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Monday, and another is expected soon in Oregon.

The new rule - first announced by the Trump administration previous year - would withhold federal family planning dollars to organizations that offer abortions or make abortion referrals.

"Because of the administration's overreach and interference in health care decision making, physicians will be prohibited from having open, frank conversations with their patients about all their healthcare options", McAneny said. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced Monday that she will lead a lawsuit against the gag rule.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, however, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood "have treated the Title X program like their own multimillion-dollar slush fund". Without Title X funds, many clinics might have to close. "This illegal Title X rule denies patients access to critical healthcare services and prevents doctors from providing comprehensive and accurate information about medical care".

OR will lead the fight against a new Trump administration policy that could make it harder for low-income people to access safe and affordable abortions.

Title X-funded clinics that don't honor what opponents have dubbed a "gag rule" will be forced to forgo federal funding. Planned Parenthood's New Hampshire clinics expect to see a quarter of their collective budget vanish if the rule moves ahead: $1.6 million over two years, according to Sabrina Dunlap, vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

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