Judge Blocks Trump Administration Ban On Abortion Referrals

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Judge Blocks Trump Administration Ban On Abortion Referrals
The ban would have barred family planning clinics from receiving federal grants if they referred patients for abortions.
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A federal judge in Washington has blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ban abortion referrals at federally funded family planning clinics.

Judge Stanley Bastian granted a nationwide preliminary injunction Thursday after hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging the ban. The ban was previously scheduled to go into effect on May 3.

The Trump administration had aimed to change the Title X family planning program by barring providers from receiving federal grants if they referred patients for abortions. The ban would have also stopped grants from going to providers that are not physically and financially separate from abortion providers.

The president of Planned Parenthood, which would have lost federal grants under the ban, said in a statement that the ruling will "allow four million people to continue receiving life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing, STI treatment, and affordable birth control.”

The ruling comes just days after an Oregon judge said he would grant an injunction in a similar lawsuit against the Trump administration's ban.