Appeals court denies demands to halt Trump abortion referral ‘gag rule’

A win for the Trump administration:

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that officials can proceed with their overhaul of the Title X family planning program, setting aside demands to halt a recent decision allowing the administration to enforce a “gag rule” for abortion referrals.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against emergency petitions that sought to block the rule from taking effect while the changes are being challenged in court.

That means the administration can enforce the rules, which block abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from the Title X program and bans providers from referring women for abortions.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court last month set aside injunctions issued by lower courts that blocked the rules from taking effect.

What’s next: The court said Thursday it would “proceed expeditiously” to rehear the case.

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