The U.S. Supreme Court said it will hear a set of cases involving a Trump-era rule on abortion, giving the 6-3 conservative majority its first opportunity to weigh in on the hot-button issue. At the same time, the justices tossed out an appeal brought by former President Donald Trump, who once again was seeking to block the New York district attorney from obtaining his tax and other financial records.
The abortion case involves a 2019 Trump administration rule adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services that barred health clinics from receiving federal family planning funds if they provided referrals for abortions, prompting organizations including Planned Parenthood to withdraw from the Title X program.
Critics —including the American Medical Association and abortion-rights groups — called the order a “gag rule” that would restrict the ability of women to learn where they could obtain abortions and abortion counseling. But supporters of the rule — Republicans and anti-abortion organizations — said it will ensure that federal money isn’t used to pay for abortions.