A federal judge in Washington state blocked on Thursday the nationwide enforcement of rules passed by the Trump administration that could remove federal funds from service providers that refer patients to abortion.
US District Judge Stanley Bastian's verdict in Yakima The federal court came two days after a federal judge in Portland, Oregon, announced he would block at least some of the rule changes that would come into force on May 3 ,
The lawsuit against the changes was filed against the Department of London Health and Social Services by the Attorney General of the State of Bob Ferguson and abortion rights groups, including planned parenting. Opponents of the rule changes described it as a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood, saying they would restrict access to healthcare such as contraception and breast and cervical cancer screening for millions of low-income people.
"Today's decision ensures clinics across the nation nation can remain open and women continue to provide high quality, unbiased health," said Ferguson in a statement. "Trump's 'gag rule' would have jeopardized women's access to health services across the country ̵
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The planned changes to the Federal Title X Planning Program, which was created in 1970 Serving 4 million patients would prohibit clinics receiving federal funding, sharing office space with abortion providers, and banning abortion transfers through taxpayer-funded clinics. Federal law prohibits the use of taxpayers' money to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or saving women's lives. Religious conservatives and abortion opponents have long complained that Title X was used to indirectly subsidize abortion providers.
"This government has made it clear that we will protect life at all stages, and this rule is another important step," White House Press Secretary Judd Deere responded to the verdict.
The Washington State suit said the changes would affect more than 90,000 State X patients and force 90 percent of medical professionals to perform abortion and other family planning services. Find new locations, make expensive tags or close it.
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. "Nationwide there are Title X providers who look at the patient plans and wonder what you would do," said Clare Coleman, president of the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, who filed suit. "Now we know that everyone can go on as he has in the past 50 years."
The lawsuit also alleged that the rule changes infringe ObamaCare regulations that protect providers and patients from government interference in the US with healthcare and a federal law requiring physicians to provide patients with unbiased information about abortion and antenatal care , Ferguson also alleged that the changes violated the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act by contradicting the provisions of Title X without adequate justification and protecting the rights of doctors to freedom of expression and women's rights to abortion under Roe v. Wade
by Fox News in Bill Mears, Matt Leach and The Associated Press contributed to the report.