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Maryland passes bill pulling out of Trump family-planning rule

Maryland passes bill pulling out of Trump family-planning rule

In a countermeasure to a proposed Trump administration rule, Maryland would become the first state to stop participating in a federal family planning program known as Title X, under a bill that received final approval Wednesday in the Maryland General Assembly.

The Maryland Senate voted 28-16 for the measure, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, whose spokesman said the governor would review the bill before deciding whether to sign it.

The rule proposed by President Donald Trump would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the program from making abortion referrals. Critics denounce that as a “gag rule.” The Maryland measure would prevent the state's health...

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