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Abortion-Rights Advocates Ready Challenge to Trump ‘Gag Rule’

Feb. 25, 2019, 9:05 PM

Washington’s attorney general and the state’s ACLU branch will separately sue the Trump administration to challenge its pending “gag rule” preventing federally funded, family planning providers from making abortion referrals.

The proposed rule revision of the federal government’s Title X family planning grant program would prohibit clinics such as those operated by Planned Parenthood that get Title X funding from telling a patient that if she chooses to have an abortion, the clinic could provide it. And the proposed rule would mandate that abortions be conducted in a physically separate facility.

The rule also opens the door to anti-abortion clinics...

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