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U.S. Urges SCOTUS to Hear Dispute Over Family Planning Rule

Dec. 7, 2020, 6:57 PM

A Trump administration rule that prohibits federally funded family planning service providers from referring patients for abortion should get a hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal government told the nation’s top court.

A circuit split exists on the question of the rule’s validity that the Supreme Court must resolve, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar said.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held the rule is in line with federal law and that the HHS acted properly in adopting it. The en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit invalidated...

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