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Attorney General backing lawsuit by family planning groups against Trump policy

Attorney General backing lawsuit by family planning groups against Trump policy

Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 19 other attorneys general Tuesday in filing an amicus brief in support of a preliminary injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s efforts to reduce access to family planning services funded under Title X.

In February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a new set of criteria for Title X funding, prioritizing facilities that promote natural family planning methods and abstinence-only education over those that provide comprehensive reproductive healthcare.

Three Planned Parenthood chapters, along with the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, followed up with a lawsuit, arguing that the new funding requirements conflict with the underlying Title X statute and regulations.

“Title X funding provides critical healthcare services to low-income women and families across Illinois, and I will fight to ensure those families continue to have access to healthcare,” Madigan said in a statement.

There are more than 90 Title X clinics in Illinois serving more than 100,000 people, according to Madigan.

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