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AG Kaul Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump Abortion Rule

'Gag Rule' Policy Restricts Referrals To Abortion Providers

State Attorney General Josh Kaul 
State Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks at a press conference on Jayme Closs on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Rich Kremer/WPR

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has joined his first multi-state lawsuit, signing on to an action challenging the Trump administration’s attempts to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions.

A coalition of 21 attorneys general, including Kaul, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Oregon. The lawsuit seeks to block a new U.S. Health and Human Services Department rule barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. The rule is set to go into effect in May.

Kaul said in a news release the rule would result in less access to health care and interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

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The release included comments from Gov. Tony Evers supporting the lawsuit. He said the rule would make it harder for thousands of Wisconsin residents to access family planning services.