March 22, 2019
California joins other states in suing over abortion rule
SAN FRANCISCO - (INT) - California and several other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration's effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday that the state filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco that aims to block a new family planning rule from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

The rule shifts millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood to faith-based family planning organizations. Washington, D.C., and 19 states said they would sue separately in Oregon on Tuesday.

Trump administration officials have told abortion opponents that they expected a number of legal challenges to the new family planning rule, which also prohibits federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same place as abortion providers.

The changes to the federal family planning program are scheduled to go into effect in May unless blocked in court. California's attorney general said the new rule affects 4 million mostly low-income women nationwide and 1 million women in California.

The new rule restricts access to critical preventive healthcare and access to birth control and prohibits doctors from providing accurate information for patients and referrals for abortion.

The lawsuit seeks to protect Californians, clinics, and providers who will be harmed by the new rule’s dramatic alterations to the Title X program, the only federal program dedicated solely to family planning.

“The Trump-Pence Administration has doubled down on its attacks on women’s health,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “This illegal Title X rule denies patients access to critical healthcare services and prevents doctors from providing comprehensive and accurate information about medical care. The Trump-Pence Administration’s sabotage of Title X services that millions of women across our nation rely on is not only irresponsible, it is dangerous to women’s health. President Trump treats women and their care as if this were 1920, not 2019.”

"As the Chair of the Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus, I am pleased to stand with Governor Newsom, Attorney General Becerra, legislative colleagues, providers and advocates to show our continued strong support for comprehensive reproductive health care in California,” said Senator Connie Leyva, D-Chino.
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