Michigan joins 20 other states suing the federal government

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Michigan joins a coalition of 20 other states to challenge the constitutionality of the Trump Administration’s new “gag” rule.

The national lawsuit filed today challenges a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ final rule that would alter the Title X family program. The federal grant program currently provides more than $286 million annually in vital family planning and preventive health services to low-income individuals. Michigan receives more than $7 million a year in Title X funds.  

“Tens of thousands of Michigan residents utilize the vitally important high-quality health care supported by Title X funds,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel.

“Title X ensures that every person has access to birth control, STI testing, cancer screenings, and other essential health care services – no matter where they live and how much money they have,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  “The Trump Administration’s actions undermine this bipartisan-supported federal-state partnership that has improved the health of women and families for decades.”

According to the complaint, the change in the rule would cause a dramatic nationwide reduction of high-quality providers in the Title X program.

The national lawsuit is being led by the Oregon Governor and Attorney General as well as the New York Attorney General.  In addition to Michigan, other states joining the lawsuit are Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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