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WASHINGTON — 22 states and the District of Columbia have filed suit against the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after it recently announced the finalization of its rule changes to the federal Title X family planning services funding program, which will disqualify abortion facilities, such as those run by Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal funds, as well as any locations that promote, support or refer for abortions.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was the first to sue, calling the rule “unlawful and unjustified,” as it “steers all pregnant women toward prenatal care and social services, regardless of whether the patient’s choice is to obtain information regarding pregnancy termination only.”
“The rule specifically targets and harms women,” the suit asserts. “In particular, the rule and the weakening of requirements for comprehensive, evidence-based reproductive healthcare adversely targets and invidiously discriminates against women.”
On Tuesday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a multi-state lawsuit to likewise challenge the rule. States that joined the legal challenge include New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Hawaii.
“[T]he final rule requires strict, unnecessary, and arbitrary financial and physical separation of any Title-X-funded provider from all facilities and entities that have virtually anything to do with abortion,” it reads.
“This change would require providers who provide abortions or who offer truly non-directive pregnancy counseling, including abortion referrals, to dramatically restructure their activities to continue offering these services regardless of their financial ability
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