Jul 22, 2019

Trump administration delays enforcing new abortion restriction rule

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The Trump administration has postponed its plan to enforce a new rule preventing taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, AP reports.

The big picture: The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the ban was effective immediately. But it sent a notice Saturday night to clinics saying it would give them more time to comply with the rule, according to AP, which reviewed the notice.

What they're saying: The National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, which represents the clinics and which has filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the abortion restrictions, issued a statement calling the memo "wholly insufficient."

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Planned Parenthood pulls out of Title X funding over Trump abortion rule

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Planned Parenthood announced Monday that it will withdraw from the $286 million federal family planning program known as Title X to avoid complying with the Trump administration's "gag rule," which bars groups that offer abortions or abortion referrals from receiving federal funding.

Why it matters: Planned Parenthood said in its statement that being "forced out" of Title X won't stop the organization from providing abortions and other family planning services and it will continue to fight the gag rule in court. However, the move could impact the more than 1.5 million low-income and rural women — or 40% of Planned Parenthood's 4 million patients — who depend on the organization for family planning services, per the New York Times.

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Where abortion restrictions stand: The states that have passed laws

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The most restrictive abortion laws in generations are being challenged in courts across America's red states, setting up what could be a precedent-smashing Supreme Court challenge to the abortion status quo.

Driving the news: Mississippi's fetal heartbeat law was struck down on Friday, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 15-week abortion ban was unconstitutional, per AP. The Center for Reproductive Rights, who challenged the ban in court, called the ruling "the first of the recent bans to reach a federal appellate court."

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Steve King: "Would there be any population" without rape or incest?

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Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) defended banning abortion with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest on Wednesday by arguing that most of the world wouldn't exist without rape or incest, reports the Des Moines Register.

"What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can't say that I was not a part of a product of that."
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