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By Jane C. Timm
A coalition of 20 states and the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a few lawsuits Monday to block a new federal rule that binds taxpayer funded clinics from referring patients to abortion.
The new trump administration rule would control millions of dollars from the federal family planning program – section X – away from providers like planned maternity, who perform abortions and against religious nurses health nurses. Critics rejected the policy as a "gag rule" while the presidential conservative base cheered it.
The lawyers in general in Oregon and New York led the group of states as well as the District of Columbia to announce their lawsuit Monday.
"What this new rule means is that providers receiving Section X funding will have to decide whether to refuse funding or" cave "to the requirements of this new rule. Nor is it a good or fair option women and families who often have no other access to medical care, "said Oregon lawyer Ellen Rosenblum.
"These new rules are antithetical to the purpose of Section X and will harm millions of Americans," said New York Attorney General Letitia James.
Becerra, one of President Donald Trump's chief critics, announced a separate suit at a press conference on Monday along with Planned Parenthood and a killing of California's leaders.
"The trump-pence administration's sabotage of section X services, which millions of women across our nation rely on is not just irresponsible, it's dangerous to women's health. President Trump treats women and their care as if this were 1920, Not 2019, "Becerra said.
The new policy was announced last month and implemented Monday, after the rule was published in the Federal Register.
The rule requires providers receiving federal funding to have "clear financial and physical separation" from abortion providers, which mainly prevent organizations such as planned maternity spending non-federal dollars to allow abortion from receiving section X funding for their others programs. Federal regulations have already brought federal dollars from being used on abortions.
The new Trump administration policy also binds providers from referring patients to abortion.
Title X is the country's only federal program focusing solely on family planning and costing taxpayers $ 286 million last year. It provides access to maternity benefits, supplies and advice that prioritize low-income families.