A federal judge in Oregon said late Tuesday night that he would block the controversial revision of the Trump administration of the federal family planning program of Title X and said he would soon issue a formal statement.
US District Judge Michael J. McShane, appointed by Obama, said he would issue a preliminary ban on changes that will come into force on May 3, which will remove funding from any participating family planning organization that offers abortions or directs patients to abortion providers Critics, they have labeled the "rule of thumb".
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McShane heard arguments in two cases filed by Planned Parenting and the American Medical Association and a coalition of more than 20 countries. The applicants argue that the administration rule issued in February should be removed or blocked, arguing that it interferes with patients' rights to consult on pregnancy opportunities and exceeds the authority of the administration.
According to a report by The Oregonian, the judge calls Trump's "public health policy approach" restrictions. However, his decision may be limited in scope because he said he was not inclined to put "national healthcare." politics.
Leana Wen, president of the Federation of Planned Parenthood of America, said in a statement that development was a "victory for patients and doctors" and vowed to continue fighting the administration in court and in Congress.
The American Medical Association, in a statement, said the rule would create health barriers for low-income patients. "We are glad that the judge shared AMA's concerns about the relationship between a doctor and a patient, which the rule would jeopardize," said Physicist President Barbara McAny.
Nearly two dozen states and several medical and advocacy groups have filed a series of lawsuits to block the change of Title X. Such arguments were heard last week in San Francisco and further hearings will be held this week in Maine and Washington .
The Trump administration maintains that the Supreme Court has upheld a similar rule for Title X issued by the Reagan administration, which has never been fully enforced. The justice ministry also argues that the rule is justified because, despite the long-standing ban on federal funding for abortion, groups such as "Planned Parenting" can "combine" their federal income for contraceptive services and screenings with other means of abortion.
Alice Miranda Olstein contributed to this report,