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Rust v. Sullivan


Irving Rust with a group of family planning providers v. Louis Sullivan (U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services)  - 1991

 Rust and his several family planning providers challenged President Ronald Reagan’s "gag rule. Under this new rule, clinic staff could not discuss all of the options available to women facing unintended pregnancies, particularly abortion; they could only refer them for prenatal care.

The Supreme Court upheld the “gag rule,” even though it reversed 18 years of policies that had allowed comprehensive options counseling.
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