Abortion counseling ban upheld

May 23, 1991

Supreme Court today upheld a government ban on abortion counseling at 4,000 federally subsidized family planning clinics nationwide. The 5-4 decision said the ban, contained in regulations issued by the Reagan administration in 1988, does not violate free-speech rights or women's right to end their pregnancies. The family planning program, enacted in 1970 by Congress as Title X of the Public Health Service Act, funds clinics serving over 4 million low-income women each year.

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