4th Circ. Halts Trump Admin.'s Abortion Referral Rule

By Adam Lidgett (September 3, 2020, 7:07 PM EDT) -- The full Fourth Circuit said Thursday the Trump administration can't enforce a policy banning federally funded health care providers from giving abortion referrals, saying the rule ignores "literally every major medical organization in the country."

In a split en banc decision, a majority of the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court's permanent injunction blocking the rule at issue from taking effect in Maryland after the mayor and city council of Baltimore had challenged the rule.

The majority said that the rule "failed to recognize and address the ethical concerns of literally every major medical organization in the country, and it arbitrarily...

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