Court to take up Trump immigration, abortion referral rules
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mondays, the Supreme Court confirmed that, since the Biden administration announced it is evaluating, it will take up objections to divisive Trump administration proposals on family planning and migrants.
The judges agreed to hear appeals concerning the policy of Trump which prohibits taxpayer-funded clinics from referring women to an abortion and the "public charge" law, in which immigrants' permanent status as residents could be denied because they use food stamps, Medicaid vouchers or other public benefits.
The cases will not be addressed until autumn, and President Joe Biden's directives to rethink both policies will impact them.
Biden called earlier this month for a "top-to-bottom" review of the civil service regulation.
The laws have been invalidated by Federal appeals courts in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, but the full result of the proceedings is pending, according to the Immigant Legal Resource Centre.
Under the Trump administration proposal, green card applicants must prove that they do not have a country pressure or "public charges."
Already under Federal legislation, people seeking permanent residence or status were expected to show that they weren't a "public charge," but Trump's regulation covered a larger spectrum of programmes, which could disqualify them.
Immigration rights activists called it a "wealth test," and public health practitioners said it would mean lower health conditions and rising expenses when migrants with low-income income choose between the care they seek and the legal promise they make to live in the country.
Biden also ordered last month a study of Trump's limits on family-planning clinics which resulted in Planned Parenthood withdrawing from the funding program instead of preventing referrals from abortions.
The Organization represents 1,6 million low-income women and has secured federal funds of nearly $60 million annually.
The family planning laws, which are known as the "gag rule" by supporters, extend nationally with the exception of Maryland.
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In a case filed by the town of Baltimore, the Court of Appeals defeated the regulation.
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It was upheld by the Circuit Court of Appeals.
Under Title X, a 1970 statute to expand access to family planning programs, government funds cannot be included in "family planning approach" programmes.
For decades, proponents and critics of abortion rights protested that advising a patient on abortion or referring a patient to another abortion provider contradicts this terminology.
Patients of Title X offer free birth control, fertility treatment and other care, including breast and cervical screening and HIV tests.