An Obama-appointed federal judge in Washington has blocked the Trump administration from implementing an action that would literally save lives.
Judge Stanley Bastian temporarily blocked the Trump administration from implementing a ban on abortion referrals at federally funded family planning clinics.
Bastian granted a nationwide preliminary injunction on Thursday after hearing arguments in a suit challenging the changes.
The policy from the Trump administration is aimed at stripping Planned Parenthood — the global leader of abortions — of federal funding.
The goal is to save lives and aims to reduce the number of abortions that are performed each year — and an Obama judge just blocked this.
Here’s more from The Hill on the ruling:
The changes to the Title X family planning program, scheduled to go in effect May 3, would have banned providers receiving the grants from referring women for abortions. The rule issued by the administration also would have lifted a requirement that clinics counsel women on abortion as an option.
Other parts of the rule that take effect later would have required that grant recipients be financially and physically separate from abortion providers, making hundreds of Planned Parenthood clinics across the country ineligible for funding.
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen praised the ruling in a statement Thursday evening, saying it “will allow four million people to continue receiving life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings, HIV testing, STI treatment, and affordable birth control.”
“At a time of rising maternal mortality and escalating STI infections, politicians need to stop attacking women’s health care and instead work with doctors and public health leaders to increase access to health care,” Wen said.
Activist judges have been out in full force this week.
Earlier this week, a panel of federal judges has ordered Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature to redraw more than three dozen state and U.S. congressional districts before the 2020 presidential election.
As noted by NPR, the ruling is undoubtedly a big win for Democratsand could have a major impact on the upcoming elections.
The panel of judges gave Republicans until Aug. 1 to approve the district maps, which must be signed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
If lawmakers fail to redraw the maps and get them signed by the Democratic governor, the judges said they will draw the new congressional maps themselves.
Republicans who are involved in the case argued that the proceeding should be halted until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on redistricting cases from North Carolina and Maryland.
But more importantly, this ruling is undoubtedly a big win for Democrats and could have a major impact on the 2020 presidential election, especially given President Donald Trump won Michigan in 2016.
And now, an Obama-appointed judge just blocked a measure from the president that is aimed at saving lives and protecting babies.