California clinics stand to lose federal funds after court lets Trump abortion rule take effect

The Trump administration notched a legal win over California Thursday when a court ruled that the federal government could begin denying federal funding to health clinics that provide abortion referrals.

The rule could affect hundreds of health clinics in California that use so-called Title X funds, which provide services ranging from cancer screenings to birth control.

The Trump administration imposed the rule in an effort to ensure federal funds aren’t used to promote abortion.

More than 20 states including California and various organizations sued, calling the policy a “gag rule” would harm patients. District court judges had granted preliminary injunctions temporarily blocking the rule from taking effect in California and across the country, but the Thursday ruling out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned those decisions.


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