Judge block Trump’s reproductive health plan

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a Feb. 25 news conference in Seattle announcing a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s Title X “gag rule.”

Elaine Thompson/AP

A judge that is federal Washington state has temporarily banned the Trump administration’s overhaul regarding the federal reproductive medical care program known as Title X.

The nationwide preliminary injunction puts a stop — at least for now — to new regulations that were set for May 3. Among other changes, the laws would prohibit any organization which provides or refers patients for abortion from receiving Title X funds to cover services like contraception and STD screenings for low-income patients.

Reproductive rights activists cheered the judgment, released Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Bastian in the Eastern District of Washington state.

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