21 states, DC sue Trump administration for defunding Planned Parenthood of $60 million
March 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration’s new policy preventing millions of taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood and other abortion companies.
On Tuesday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum (D) joined 20 states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against the federal government over the same rule.
Joining Oregon in the lawsuit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Most of the states have a Democrat governor.
The American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood filed a separate lawsuit against the Trump administration in a federal court in Oregon.
The new rule prevents clinics that receive Title X “family planning” federal funding from committing or promoting abortion. They also must be physically and financially separate from abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, receives $60 million in Title X funding annually.
Oregon’s Democrat Gov. Kate Brown claimed 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.”
“For years abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn children a year, have treated the Title X program like their own multimillion-dollar slush fund,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
A quarter of all Title X money goes to Planned Parenthood, according to The Hill.
“Now, Planned Parenthood’s allies are running to court to ensure taxpayers are forced to continue filling the coffers of the abortion industry. Contrary to pro-abortion misinformation, the Protect Life Rule does not cut Title X funding by a single dime – it simply enforces the existing statute that draws a bright line of separation between abortion and family planning,” Dannenfelser explained. “President Trump and Secretary Azar acted on the will of the American people by disentangling taxpayers from the big abortion industry. Similar regulations have already been upheld by the Supreme Court and we are confident the Trump administration will prevail.”
The rule goes into effect on May 3, but the requirement that a facility receiving Title X money be physically separate from an abortion center takes effect March 4, 2020. A similar version of these rules was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991 in Rust v. Sullivan but later eliminated during the Clinton administration.