Federal judge blocks Trump Administration’s Title X “gag rule”

A federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction on Thursday, blocking the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to family planning services.

Originally scheduled to take effect May 3, the rule would have impacted Title X, the federal funding program for reproductive healthcare and family planning. Not only would it have prohibited Title X providers from referring patients to abortion clinics, rather it would have required providers to refer pregnant patients to a prenatal care program, regardless of the patient’s preference.

“Today’s ruling ensures that clinics across the nation can remain open and continue to provide quality, unbiased healthcare to women,” said Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a statement Thursday.

“Trump’s ‘gag rule’ would have jeopardized healthcare access to women across the country. Title X clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, provide essential services – now they can keep serving women while we continue to fight to keep the federal government out of the exam room.”

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