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caption: FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, protesters hold signs supporting Planned Parenthood in Seattle, as they demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court.
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018 file photo, protesters hold signs supporting Planned Parenthood in Seattle, as they demonstrate against President Donald Trump and his choice of federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the Supreme Court.

Washington judge blocks Trump's family planning law nationwide

A federal judge in Washington state has blocked the Trump administration's new family planning rules from taking effect.

The Trump administration's Title X rules could cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and other organizations that give abortion referrals. The changes to Title X, presented earlier this year, were set to go into effect May 3rd, 2019.

Thursday, federal judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, issued a nationwide injunction halting the change.

It comes in a case filed by Washington state's attorney general and abortion rights groups who say the changes were a transparent attack on Planned Parenthood.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the ruling "ensures that clinics across the nation can remain open and continue to provide quality, unbiased healthcare."

More than 20 other states have sued over the changes. A federal judge in Oregon has given a preliminary ruling saying he, too, plans to partially block the Title X changes in the states represented in the suit.

Conservative religious groups had hailed the changes to family planning law, saying the government shouldn't have involvement with groups that provide abortions.

Judge Bastian's preliminary injunction is not a final decision, but blocks the rule until the case is ultimately decided.