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Biden reverses Title X gag order

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The Biden administration has revoked a Trump-era rule that had become a flash point in the abortion wars, saying Monday it would no longer bar clinics that receive federal family planning aid from advising people about ending their pregnancies.

The new rule for the half-century-old family planning program known as Title X will allow health centers to receive the federal funds even if they refer patients for abortions. It takes effect Nov. 8.

The rule reverses a move initiated in 2018 by President Donald Trump to appeal to the social conservatives crucial to his political base, siding with them in a long-running battle with the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and other family planning groups.

“Today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement accompanying the revision.

An example of the executive branch doing more to protect 1st Amendment rights than the courts.

This is also an exquisite setting for Andrew Yang’s long wank about how he no longer wants to be part of a political party that will not give him a major nomination he has no qualifications for. The quest to take the politics out of politics will never end and nor will it ever accomplish anything positive.

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