California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that the state filed its own federal lawsuit in San Francisco that aims to block a new family planning rule from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.
Changes to the Title X family planning program would bar federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions.
OR leaders are preparing to sue the Trump administration over a new rule they say will "significantly restrict access to reproductive health services and information".
Attorneys general from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin are also joining Oregon's lawsuit.
The referral restrictions are set to go into effect 60 days after the date of publication of the new regulations, while there's a yearlong wait on enforcement of the requirement that clinics have separate entrances and exits, treatment facilities and patient records. "Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care", Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said. Rosenblum said the rule would force providers who receive funding to decide whether they will refuse it or "cave" to the new requirements.
California has filed dozens of lawsuits challenging a number of the Trump administration's actions.
"Under the Protect Life Rule abortion centers can not serve as taxpayer-funded family planning centers ('co-location')".
Tomorrow, there will be a similar lawsuit filed in OR by that state joined by about twenty other states.
Opponents have called it a "gag" rule that compromises medical ethics and endangers the lives of patients because it explicitly bars doctors, nurses or other care personnel from referring a woman for an abortion.
"Since it began in 1970, Title X has excluded elective abortions from its grant program, reflecting the commitment of the majority of Americans not to have their hard-earned tax dollars subsidize Planned Parenthood and other members of the abortion industry", she said in a statement Monday.
Becerra's office said in a press release 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".
Among those drawing up papers: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson vowed to file suit.
On Monday, 21 states announced they would be filing a federal lawsuit Tuesday in OR, arguing the rule imposes "an unlawful and unethical restriction on health care professionals".
Yet the so-called medical "gag" provision decried by the AMA and others in the medical community could bring the regulation down this time around, according to critics.
The lawsuit says the new rule will affect programs funded through Essential Access Health, including services provided by Planned Parenthood affiliates. Their programs serve about 1 million people a year, more than a quarter of the Title X patients in the country. Supporters of the rule, such as Californians for Life, expect funding for faith-based family planning organizations to increase.
"The Trump-Pence administration has doubled down on its attacks on women's health", California Atty. Gen.