20 Attorneys General Fight Trump Administration About Family Planning Services

May 15, 2018

Twenty attorneys general are challenging Trump administration rule changes they say will reduce access to family planning services.  

Credit Illinois Department of Human Services

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that the president is playing politics with patients by changing rules that would shift federal family planning funds toward organizations that stress abstinence.

The AGs filed a brief supporting lawsuits filed in Washington two weeks ago by Planned Parenthood groups in Wisconsin, Ohio and Utah, and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association.

The lawsuits target proposed rule changes for about $260 million in family planning funds.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is also among those opposing the Trump administration on this issue. She says that reducing the funding for Title X, the nation’s family planning program, would reduce access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, jeopardizing the health of millions of low-income women and families.

“Title X funding provides critical health care services to low-income women and families across Illinois, and I will fight to ensure those families continue to have access to health care,” Madigan said.

The supporting brief was also signed by prosecutors in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.