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The Latest: 20 states aim to block Trump abortion rule

March 4, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits challenging a Trump administration abortion rule (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

California and several other Democratic-led states have announced they are challenging the Trump administration’s effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that the state filed a federal lawsuit aiming to block a new family planning rule from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. The rule bars taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers.

Washington, D.C., and 19 states said they would sue separately in Oregon on Tuesday. The states are: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The federal rule is set to go into effect in May unless blocked in court.

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11:15 a.m.

California’s attorney general and other Democratic lawmakers are seeking to overturn new obstacles the Trump administration set up for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday that the Democratic-led state will file a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Health and Human Services Department’s new family planning rule.

California has filed dozens of lawsuits challenging a number of the Trump administration’s actions.

The rule also prohibits federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers. Washington state’s Democratic attorney general previously announced that state’s plan to legally challenge the rule in court.

Administration officials have told abortion opponents that they expected a number of legal challenges to the new rule.

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