Top News
Election Commission announces bypolls to 64 assembly seats, one Lok Sabha constituency  ||   Chandrayaan-2 mission has achieved 98% objectives: Isro chief  ||   Trump slams 'partisan' whistleblower, Biden pushes back  ||   Progressive revolt against Arizona's Kyrsten Sinema is exactly why Trump will win (again)  ||   Iran's Guard says ready for 'any scenario' amid US standoff  ||   16 animals die as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K's Rajouri, Poonch  ||   Day 48: Restrictions lifted in most parts of Kashmir  ||   Maharashtra polls: BJP looks to improve tally; Sena, oppn for political space  ||   Kathua case: Two overground workers of JeM module held in south Kashmir  ||   Charlie Rose hit with lawsuit from longtime makeup artist Gina Riggi alleging harassment  ||   Jaishankar holds talks on terrorism, regional issues with top Finnish leadership  ||   Notre Dame goes to Georgia, Trump travels with foreign leaders, Emmy Awards: 5 things you need to know this weekend  ||   Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls on October 21  ||   Rep. Rashida Tlaib's grandmother to Donald Trump: Let's talk about your peace plan  ||   Indian-Americans all set to welcome Modi for 'Howdy, Modi' event  ||   'Immaculate Reception' by Steelers' Franco Harris named greatest play in NFL history  ||   Countering terrorist, extremist narratives using cyberspace to be PM Modi's focus at UN meet: Akbaruddin  ||   Collegium modifies decision, recommends Justice Kureshi's name for Tripura HC  ||   Pak violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K's Rajouri, Poonch  ||   Hurricane Lorena skirts east coast of Mexico's Baja  ||            

Federal judge in Oregon to block new Trump abortion policy  4 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

PORTLAND, Ore. – A U.S. judge in Oregon said Tuesday he intends to at least partially block a rule change by President Donald Trump’s administration that could cut off federal funding for providers who refer patients for an abortion, though the scope of his decision remains to be seen.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane made the comments after more than three hours of arguments in a lawsuit brought by 20 states and the District of Columbia, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported . The states say the rule change, due to take effect May 3, is a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood and a violation of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits “unreasonable barriers to the ability of individuals to obtain appropriate medical care.”

“At the heart of these rules is an arrogant assumption that the government is better suited to direct women’s health care than their providers,” Oregon Public Broadcasting quoted the judge as saying.

McShane said he needs more time to decide whether he will issue a national injunction or a more limited one blocking the policy from taking effect. The judge said he’s reluctant to set national health care policy and would describe the scope of his injunction in a written opinion soon.

“We will need to see what the final ruling says,” Oregon Justice Department spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson said in an email. “We are pleased with the decision.”

Under the new policy, health care providers that receive federal funding would be barred from referring patients for an abortion. Programs that receive the money would also have to be in a separate physical space from facilities where abortion is performed.

The rule change announced early this year concerns Title X, a family planning program created in 1970 which serves roughly 4 million low-income Americans every year. Clinics that receive money under Title X provide a wide array of services, including birth control and screening for diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases and cancer.

Abortion is a legal medical procedure, but federal laws prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman. Religious conservatives and abortion opponents have long complained that Title X has been used to indirectly subsidize abortion providers.

“Title X grant funds are a true safety net for low income individuals and those who would not be able to access care, due to a lack of insurance or other barriers,” Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum told the judge. “Put simply, this is an attempt to politicize what has been a successful, non-political public health program for 50 years.”

U.S. Justice Department lawyer Andrew M. Bernie said there was nothing in the administrative record to suggest the change was politically motivated.

But the judge was not swayed. McShane suggested it would be “insane” for a man to go to his doctor seeking a vasectomy, only to be referred to a fertility clinic.

Several other lawsuits have also challenged the new policy. California and Washington have sued separately; arguments in the latter case are scheduled for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Yakima.

 

More News
About Us Terms & Conditions Disclaimer
Advertise Contact
register and win

NRIS.COM is one of the premier NRI website that provides a range of resourceful services to Indian expats residing in the USA. Visiting the site you will find comprehensive information related to restaurants, casinos, pubs, temples, carpool, movies, education, real estate, and forums. The simple and easy to navigate format allows NRIs to gain information within a fraction of a second. Moreover, advertising through its column of Indian free classifieds in USA allow businesses to improve visibility of their brand.

KS NRI's Chat (0 Users Online)