Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Rule on Abortion Referrals

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While the rule would not prevent clinics from talking to patients about abortion, it would prevent them from informing patients where they could obtain the procedure. And it would lift a requirement that clinics counsel women on all reproductive options, including abortion, a change that was expected to make anti-abortion and faith-based providers eligible for funding.

In addition, while organizations receiving Title X money could still perform abortions, they would have to do so in a separate facility from their other operations, which could raise their costs significantly, some providers said.

The case filed in Washington State was one of several legal challenges to the Trump administration rule, including cases in California and Maine.

This week, in a case filed by attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia, along with Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association, a federal judge in Oregon said that he would issue a preliminary injunction, but that his order would not be national in scope.

In that case, Judge Michael J. McShane of United States District Court said he would detail the terms of his injunction soon. He called the Trump administration rule an “arrogant assumption” on the part of the federal government and a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy.”

In the Washington case, Mr. Ferguson said his office argued that the Trump administration rule violated four federal statutes, including the Affordable Care Act, the law establishing Title X, and the Administrative Procedure Act. He said among those violations was that the rule “limited access to care” and “what doctors can say to their patients, putting politicians in the room in place of the doctors.”

Judge Bastian wrote that the “harmful consequences” would “uniquely impact rural and uninsured patients.”

Clare Coleman, president and chief executive of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, called the ruling “a tremendous public health victory and a welcome reprieve for our members in all 50 states and territories that serve more than 93 percent of Title X patients.”

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