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Funds threat won't end Planned Parenthood abortion referrals

Funds threat won't end Planned Parenthood abortion referrals”

It also violates the Administrative Procedures Act by contradicting Title X regulations without sufficient justification, and it violates doctors' right to free speech and women's right to an abortion under Roe v. Wade, he alleged. "This administration flouts the rule of law, and flouts it over and over again".

However, U.S. Western District Judge Brian Wimes ruled on February 22 that the admitting privileges were not an "undue burden" to women's access to abortion services, The Columbia Missouri reported.

To reduce the potential for "fungibility", the revision requires federally-funded clinics to maintain separate physical spaces for their abortion services, distinct from where they provide other treatments and programs, as well as a separate set of financial ledgers.

A federal judge in the Western District of Missouri ruled Friday that Missouri state abortion restrictions were not "undue burdens" and held that a Planned Parenthood (PP) in the state can not resume providing abortions.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday the state is leading the challenge to the Trump administration's final rule that aims to reshape the Title X family planning network.

U.S. Western District Court Judge Brian Wimes ruled that Planned Parenthood had not proven their argument that the rule constitutes an "undue burden" on a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

Planned Parenthood of IL says it will continue providing abortion referrals despite the risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding under a new rule enacted by the Trump administration. It also would rescind previous regulations that require providers to give women with unintended pregnancies "nondirective" counseling about all their options.

Critics of the rule say it targets Planned Parenthood.

Under the program, which serves about 4 million women annually, two-thirds of whom have incomes at or below the federal poverty level.

Ferguson's suit says the rule will force many providers out of the program and prevent thousands of mostly poor women in Washington from receiving other vital health care services.

Ferguson said he will be seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the rule from taking effect until the case - which he said he expects to win - is decided. "This gag rule is unethical and unconscionable".

One of those statutes involves language added to the spending bill that funded HHS in 1995 and was renewed in subsequent years.

Another provision that drew praise from Archbishop Naumann is its prohibition on referrals for abortion as a method of family planning.

Leah Litman, an assistant professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, said the now more conservative Supreme Court might not necessarily accept those arguments, as well as others likely to be raised. Eastern Washington has 20 counties, 11 of which would be left without Title X providers, he said.

The Title X changes - slated to take effect in two months - are created to address several concerns among Trump administration officials, including that the current rules are not sufficient to protect against commingling of the restricted funds and those that can be used for abortion services.

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