The petitioners - Swati Agarwal, a teacher; Garima Sekseriais, a digital marketer; and Prachi Vats, a public relations and corporate communication specialist - have sought quashing of Sections 3 and 5 of the Act.
Trump administration rules, that ban taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals and prohibit clinics that receive federal money from sharing office space with abortion providers, are on hold again.
“This is how people — especially women of color — are already being punished & having their pregnancies criminalized,” the National Abortion Federation, a professional association of abortion providers, said in a statement.
Hyde Amendment is a measure banning federal funding for abortion. More precisely, it states that Medicaid will not pay for an abortion unless the woman’s life is in danger or the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest.
The pope’s remarks come as the deeply divisive issue of abortion is once again gripping the United States. Conservatives in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri are passing some of the strictest limits on abortions in decades.
A Manhattan federal court lawsuit asked a judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and say it was passed in an arbitrary and capricious manner. In a separate lawsuit in San Francisco federal court, California sued as well, saying there was no evidence that the impact on patients was considered.
The recent restrictions of the US abortion bill challenge the constitutional right established in Supreme Court's Roe decision of 1973 which had declared abortion being legal until the fetus reaches viability, usually attained at 24 to 28 weeks.