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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, December 13, 2004

Lawsuit Challenges Abortion Language in Spending Bill

The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association filed suit to stop what it claims is "a conflict between a law that requires health care providers to inform women about abortions and a new rule passed by Congress."  As an example, the NFPRHA said that the newly enacted law would put a publicly funded hospital at risk of a discrimination lawsuit by a nurse fired for refusing to refer a pregnant woman who wants an abortion. However, that same hospital is required to provide the information as a condition for receiving federal grant money.  California Attorney General Bill Lockyer also has filed suit against the provision, which he called, among other things, an attack on state sovereignty.  For a full copy of the NFPRHA press release and copies of the court filings, see


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