Pappas Visits Planned Parenthood To Confirm Commitment To Title X Funding

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In announcing California's lawsuit Monday, the state's Attorney General Xavier Becerra said, "The Trump-Pence Administration has doubled down on its attacks on women's health".

"This is yet another attack from the Trump Administration on women and families, and it is appalling that the federal government wants to rob individuals of the right to complete medical information and full access to the critical health care services they rely on". A multi-state lawsuit, brought mostly by Democratic-controlled states, is set to be filed Tuesday in federal court in Eugene, Oregon, the NY attorney general's office said in a statement.

According to James, the rule relates to funding for Title X, the only federal grant program that funds family planning programs to help patients access contraception, cancer screenings, exams, and other related health services.

The "gag" rule, as opponents of the proposal refer to it, would also be initiated if the bill passes, which would bar federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. As a result, many fear, these clinics that serve approximately 4 million people a year may be forced to close their doors.

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HHS said in the final rule that the change addresses "concerns over the fungibility of Title X resources and the potential use of Title X resources to support programs where, among other things, abortion is a method of family planning".

The rule is designed primarily to target Planned Parenthood, the largest provider under the Title X family-planning program.

Social conservatives hailing the new rule included Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, who praised the policy as "decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood". The regulation, scheduled to go into effect in April, would block about $60 million in family planning funding to Planned Parenthood because it provides and refers for abortions. As a rule, Title X does not fund abortions.

"Neither is a good or fair option for women and families who often have no other access to medical care", she said.

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Washington's Democratic attorney general also previously said the state would challenge the rule.

But the rule change doesn't prevent anyone's access to health care, it only deprives Planned Parenthood of funding if it decides not to comply with the federal rules. A coalition of 20 other states planned to file a similar lawsuit Tuesday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. And while Planned Parenthood certainly stands to lose millions, independent clinics and health centers that don't have national name recognition - like those in ME - see this as a fight for their survival, too.

The California suit argues that the rule changes "effectively rewrite the Title X statute, operating well beyond the agency's regulatory authority, to effectuate a policy principle that relegates women's health care to second class status". This proposal to defund the organization is not just a way to cut spending and save money, but functions as a statement made by Trump that he does not care about women, or their right to choose. "I'm proud that OR is taking the lead in this important lawsuit".

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