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20 AGs, including Madigan, back lawsuits by family planning groups against Trump

State Journal Register

Wednesday, May 16, 2018  |  Article  |  Associated Press

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Twenty attorneys general, including Illinois’ Lisa Madigan, are challenging Trump administration rule changes they say will reduce access to family planning services funded under a program called Title X.

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.

“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 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.

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