Federal court bars enforcement of measure aimed at fulfilling president’s pledge to end federal support for Planned Parenthood

A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration rule that would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring patients to abortion providers, according to the state attorney general.

The preliminary injunction on Thursday bars enforcement nationwide of a policy that was due to go into effect on 3 May over the vehement objections of abortion rights supporters who have decried it as a “gag rule” designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options.

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