Federal Judge Blocks Trump Rule Barring Title X Funds to Abortion Providers

U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane has issued a temporary injunction blocking a Trump administration rule on the use of Title X family planning funds that was set to go into effect on May 3.

Specifically at issue are two aspects of the rule. The first is a so-called “gag” rule that prohibits taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers. In addition, the judge enjoined the “separation” rule that requires both fiscal and operational separation between the family planning and abortion services.

The ruling comes from a case filed in Oregon by the attorneys general of 20 states and the District of Columbia challenging the rule. Judge McShane has at least initially resisted the plaintiffs’ requests that the injunction be applied nationally. Attorneys for the Department of Justice asked the scope be limited to the plaintiffs’ states.

Judge McShane indicated that he will make his decision on the scope of the injunction in a written opinion to come out later.

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