Bloomberg Law
Feb. 24, 2020, 5:22 PMUpdated: Feb. 24, 2020, 8:37 PM

Trump HHS Can Enforce Abortion Gag Rule, Ninth Circuit Says (2)

Mary Anne Pazanowski
Mary Anne Pazanowski
Legal Reporter
Lydia Wheeler
Lydia Wheeler
Reporter

The Trump Administration will be allowed to restrict what taxpayer-funded family planning clinics can tell clients about abortion, the Ninth Circuit said Monday.

The appeals court vacated orders entered by federal courts in California, Oregon, and Washington blocking the rule’s enforcement, saying its challengers “will not succeed” on the merits.

The court sent the cases back to the trial courts for further proceedings.

It was a devastating blow to family planning providers, health-care organizations, and the multiple cities and states that spent months fighting the rule in court.

“The Gag Rule interferes with healthcare decisions that should remain between women ...

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