Monday, February 22, 2021

Supreme Court Grants Review of Title X Rule Restricting Abortion Counseling

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted certiorari (Order List, 2/22/2021) in three related cases challenging a Final Rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services in March 2019. (See prior posting.) The rule imposes new restrictions on health care providers receiving Title X family planning funds.  As described in the AMA's petition for certiorari:

The Rule both prohibits and compels certain pregnancy-related speech between a Title X provider and her patient, proscribing abortion related information but requiring information about non-abortion options—regardless of what the patient wants. The Rule also imposes burdensome physical separation requirements on any Title X provider engaging in abortion-related activities outside the Title X program.

The cases (with links to their SCOTUSblog case pages) are American Medical Association v. Cochran (Docket No. 20-429),  Cochran v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore (Docket No. 20-454), and Oregon v. Cochran (Docket No. 20-539). The Hill reports on the Court's action.