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Trump’s Abortion Gag Rule Shut Down in Win for Baltimore

Feb. 18, 2020, 2:39 PM

The Trump administration may not enforce a rule prohibiting family planning service providers who receive taxpayer money from talking to clients about abortion, a federal court in Maryland said.

The Health and Human Services Department acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it enacted a final rule that was “inadequately justified and objectively unreasonable,” the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland said in granting the city partial summary judgment Feb. 14.

The court permanently enjoined the rule’s enforcement in Maryland. Baltimore has received at least $1.4 million in federal money each year to fund its family planning services, the court...

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