California has the largest Title X program in the country, serving more than one million of the four million Title X patients nationwide
SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a motion for preliminary injunction seeking to block the Trump-Pence Administration’s Title X Family Planning Rule, which restricts access to critical preventive healthcare such as birth control, prohibits doctors from providing accurate information for patients, and bans referrals for abortion. Attorney General Becerra argues that the rule will interfere with the practice of medicine and result in many providers leaving the Title X program or closing their doors altogether. Today’s action aims to protect patients, providers and family planning clinics while litigation continues.
“A woman’s healthcare decisions are between her and her doctor – period,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This reckless and illegal rule is a dangerous political ploy to sabotage women’s reproductive healthcare. California will not stand for this – we will continue to do what’s necessary to fight for women’s rights and access to care.”
The Title X program funds healthcare providers throughout the State to support preventive care, including critical reproductive benefits and services including birth control. On May 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a dangerous proposed rule that would place several harmful restrictions on the Title X program. Attorney General Becerra announced his opposition shortly after the proposed rule became public and has taken several steps to fight this rule, including:
Today’s motion for preliminary injunction argues that the rule undermines clinically established standards of care, interferes with the patient-provider relationship, and contradicts core tenets of the Title X program.
A copy of the motion for a preliminary injunction can be found here.