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Washington state sues over Trump's abortion obstacles

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced plans to file a lawsuit over the Trump administration's new abortion obstacles.

Washington state says it will sue to challenge President Donald Trump's policy setting up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, days after the administration adopted it.

The administration said Friday it would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The administration is also prohibiting the clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers.

The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same locations as abortion providers, and require stricter financial separation. 

Clinic staff would still be permitted to discuss abortion with clients, along with other options. However, that would no longer be required.

WATCH: Attorney General Bob Ferguson announces lawsuit

Democratic Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has challenged other Trump policies, including the travel ban.

Ferguson detailed the lawsuit Monday morning, flanked leaders from Planned Parenthood, the ACLU Washington, and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

The AG's office said 91,284 patients in Washington received healthcare through Title X in 2017. More than half of these patients were at or below the federal poverty line.  

The American Medical Association has warned that the policy could have an impact beyond abortion.

The association says the policy could affect access to health care services provided to low-income women by the clinics, including birth control, cancer screenings, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

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