New York Attorney General Letitia James continues her fight to safeguard the health care and reproductive rights of patients across New York and the rest of the nation, taking action to protect funding for family planning services and reproductive health care providers. Co-leading a multi-state coalition of 24 attorneys general, Attorney General James filed an amicus brief in the case Ohio v. Becerra, opposing the plaintiffs’ efforts to halt implementation of the new Title X rule promulgated in 2021 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The 2021 rule removes harmful restrictions put in place by the Trump Administration and will result in the distribution of Title X funds to a greater number of family planning and related preventive health service providers that deliver care to millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others.
Title X is the only federal grant program that funds family planning and counseling programs to help patients access contraception, as well as breast and cervical cancer screenings, screenings and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, and other related health services.
“Title X funding is critical to the health and wellbeing of women across the nation and previous attempts to limit it were a direct attack on women’s health care,” said Attorney General James. “Under the Biden-Harris Administration, we are seeing a full reversal of the war on women’s health care we saw during the Trump Administration. This new rule expands access to safe and affordable reproductive health care and ensures that underserved communities can access the care they need and that they are entitled to. Fighting for access to family planning services and reproductive health care will always be one of my top priorities.”