A federal judge on Thursday blocked a law that ordered a review of the family planning program and eliminated funds from health providers who offer abortions or divert these procedures to other specialists.
Federal Judge Stanley Bastian bowed in favor of the request made by Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson, who referred to the law as “a harmful rule that would have seriously affected women’s access to health care services,” according to local media.
The rule, scheduled to come into force on May 3rd, establishes that planning centers must have a “clear physical and financial separation” between health services subsidized by the Government and those offering for abortions, financed independently.
The norm directly affects Planned Parenthood, the largest family planning group in the United States which, without profit, offers advice on contraceptives, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, tests for cancer detection and abortions.
More broadly, the rule affects federal fund “Title X,” which currently has an annual budget of 260 million dollars a year and serves four million patients in 4,000 clinics throughout the United States.
“Today’s decision ensures that clinics across the country can remain open and continue to provide quality, impartial medical care to women,” Ferguson said in a statement.
“(The law) would have endangered access to medical care for women throughout the country” he added.
Those opposed to the norm, considered a gesture by US President Donald Trump, towards its more conservative electoral base, described it as a “gag norm”.
“Washington is now 21-0 against the Trump administration,” said Ferguson, who has not lost any of the 21 cases filed from the state of Washington against the federal Administration.