Planned Parenthood, American Medical Association sue Trump administration over abortion ‘gag rule’: Critics say new HHS rule will keep women from having information about all of their options
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Medical Association have filed a lawsuit to block a new federal rule that would prohibit clinics participating in a program for low-income women from referring them for abortions.
The groups argued in a filing in U.S. District Court in Oregon on Tuesday that the requirement would violate patients’ rights, force doctors to withhold information and harm the 4 million patients who rely on the Title X program for their health care.
“Because of the administration’s overreach and interference in health-care decision-making, physicians will be prohibited from having open, frank conversations with their patients about all their health care options,” Barbara L. McAneny, the AMA’s president, said in a statement.
Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood’s president, called the rule “unethical, illegal and dangerous.”
The lawsuit comes one day after a coalition of 21 state attorneys general and California — which serves a quarter of all the women who get services in the program — announced suits on similar grounds. [...]abortion health care finance health law policy public health regulation reproductive rights women's health