Apr 24, 2019
A federal judge on Tuesday night ruled that he would block President Donald Trump's proposed rule gutting the Title X healthcare funding program, which would limit and control the healthcare that's available to American women.
Judge Michael McShane of the U.S. District Court of Oregon called Trump's proposed rule, which was set to go into effect May 3, "a ham-fisted approach to public health policy."
McShane's decision to issue a preliminary injunction against the rule came in response to two lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association (AMA), and a coalition of 20 states.
Women's rights advocates were outraged in February when the administration announced the rule, which would strip tens of millions of dollars from the Title X program. Title X provides federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other clinics which provide abortion care, to subsidize reproductive healthcare for low-income Americans.
The "gag rule" would also ban Planned Parenthood and any healthcare provider which accepts federal dollars from counseling women on abortion care and making referrals for abortions.
"At the heart of these rules is an arrogant assumption that the government is better suited to direct women's healthcare than their providers," the judge said in his ruling.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood declared McShane's temporary injunction "a victory for patients and doctors," but warned that the fight against the Title X attack--and Trump's broader assault on reproductive rights--is not over.
"This relief is preliminary and we will continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients' health," said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
\u201cThis ruling makes it clear: the Trump administration\u2019s attempt to dismantle Title X is nothing more than an ideological attempt to place politics squarely in the exam room. #ProtectX\u201d— Planned Parenthood Action (@Planned Parenthood Action) 1556068674
\u201cThe fight is far from over. While today\u2019s ruling is a win, the injunction is temporary, meaning that this is no time to let up. \n\nWe\u2019ve overcome seemingly impossible odds on attacks to our health care before; we\u2019re going to have to do it again. #ProtectX\u201d— Planned Parenthood Action (@Planned Parenthood Action) 1556068674
"We are pleased the judge shared the AMA's concern about the physician-patient relationship that the rule would have jeopardized," Barbara McAneny, president of the AMA, said in a statement.
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