State asks court to halt new Trump abortion rules

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s attorney general is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that allows new Trump administration hurdles for women seeking abortions to take effect.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion Tuesday asking for the full appeals court in San Francisco to block those hurdles. A three-judge panel from the court said last week the new rules could take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them.

Courts in Washington, Oregon and California had blocked the rules from taking effect.

The rules ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers — a rule critics said would force many to find new locations, undergo expensive remodels or shut down.