The Oregon Health Authority has sent a letter to the federal government saying it wants to continue getting Title X money — but it won't spend it.

Oregon will stop using the federal funds to pay for reproductive services for about 44,000 women.

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Robb Cowie with the Oregon Health Authority says the agency took the step after the Trump administration issued rules stopping Title X money from being used to inform women about their full range of reproductive options — including abortion.

“The new federal rules would force Oregon to violate our own state laws [that] ensure women are able to make fully informed choices about their reproductive health and get the care they need,” said Cowie.

Oregon is part of a multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration's rule. The Oregon Health Authority plans to hold the money until there's a resolution to that legal challenge.

In a statement, the OHA said it remains committed to ensuring continued funding for comprehensive, high-quality reproductive health care. It also said clients seeking care at the Reproductive Health Program’s network of clinics will continue to receive the same high-quality, client-centered  services that have always been available.

Some other health organizations, like Planned Parenthood, are taking a stronger stance and leaving the program entirely, rather than comply with the restrictions.

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