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Nationwide Injunction Blocks ‘Gag Rule’ on Abortion Referrals (1)

April 25, 2019, 10:46 PMUpdated: April 26, 2019, 1:54 PM

A federal judge in Washington blocked a Trump administration rule that prevents taxpayer-funded clinics from referring pregnant women to abortion providers.

Judge Stanley Bastian, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, issued a nationwide preliminary injunction from the bench on April 25 to stop the rule from taking effect on May 3, according to the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which brought one of the two consolidated cases challenging the rule.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D) brought the other case against what opponents call a “gag rule.” The rule will cut off...

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