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NYC to Give Up $1.3 Million Rather Than Follow Abortion Rule

The rule announced in February bans taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibits clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers

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    New York City will give up $1.3 million in federal Title X funds rather than comply with a Trump administration rule that bars federally funded clinics from making abortion referrals.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the city's public hospital system will cease participating in the federal Title X program as long as the policy that critics deride as a "gag rule" is in effect.

    The rule announced in February bans taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibits clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers.

    More than 20 states and several civil rights and health organizations have challenged the policy in court.

    De Blasio, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, said "hard fought" rights are being taken away from women.