SACRAMENTO – California Attorney Xavier Becerra today issued the following statement following the federal government’s announcement that it is imposing new rules that would limit access to reproductive healthcare for women. The proposed rule would prohibit healthcare providers like Planned Parenthood from providing comprehensive reproductive healthcare in the Title X program. More than four million Americans rely on Title X for birth control, cancer screenings, and other critical preventive care, including one million patients in California.
“The Trump-Pence Administration is yet again attempting to interfere in a woman’s healthcare decisions by restricting what doctors can say to their patients. Medical care is a matter between a woman and her doctor, not the President or the Vice President,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This proposed rule is reckless and threatens women’s access to critical healthcare. Millions of women rely on Title X, and even more rely on Planned Parenthood, to access affordable and life-saving care. At the California Department of Justice, we stand ready to take action to defend the rule of law and protect women from the Trump-Pence Administration’s dangerous attacks on their healthcare.”