The Supreme Court said Monday it will review the legality of a Trump administration rule barring health clinics that refer patients for abortion services from receiving federal family planning funding.
The policy, which critics often decry as a “gag rule,” was implemented in 2019 by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Federal funding is not used for abortion procedures themselves due to longstanding policy.
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The case could be the first test of how the high court, with a new 6-3 conservative majority, will approach abortion-related cases.
The Supreme Court ruling comes in response to lawsuits from 21 states and organizations including the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood.
The Biden administration is expected to get rid of the policy, which would render the case moot.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Biden’s nominee for HHS secretary, led the legal challenge against the rule. If confirmed, he is expected to oversee the policy’s retraction.