Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia are suing to try to block the Trump administration from enforcing a new rule that would shift millions in Title X family planning funding away from Planned Parenthood and to faith-based clinics.
The new ruled was announced in February by the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit clinics funded by the Title X Family Planning Program from performing, promoting or referring for abortion as a method of family planning.
The rule would require abortion clinics to choose between performing abortions or getting Title X dollars and moving abortion services off-site.
Abortion rights advocates have claimed that the policy amounts to a “gag rule” and multiple lawsuits have been filed against the rule. Included as plaintiffs in the lawsuits are nearly half of state governments.
One lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Medical Association claims the new rule will create a “national public health crisis in short order.” The organizations claim that the rule will only increase the number of abortions and “riskier” pregnancies.
Along with Washington, D.C., those states included in Oregon’s lawsuit are New York, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith