Federal judge says he'll block Trump’s abortion measures

An Oregon judge says he'll block Trump abortion measures.
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A federal judge in Oregon said Tuesday night he will block the Trump administration's moves to bar family planning clinics funded by the federal Title X program from making abortion referrals, The Oregonian first reported.

Details: U.S. District Judge Michael McShane, appointed by former President Obama, granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association filed against the Trump administration's action.

2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gerrymandering activists outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after last year's appointment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has several cases on its docket this term that could have significant ramifications on American politics and social issues for generations to come.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — has largely kept a relatively low profile so far this term, which ends in June. But it could ultimately hand major wins to Republicans, who are emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus while a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.