Bar on teen 'squeal' law pleases rights groups
Civil rights groups claimed a significant victory after a New York federal judge temporarily barred the so-called ''squeal law'' Monday. The action blocks a rule that would have required federally funded family planning clinics to notify parents when their teen-age daughters received contraceptives. It is likely the Department of Health and Human Services, however, will challenge Judge Henry Werker's injunction, Monitor legal correspondent Curtis J. Sitomer reports.Skip to next paragraph
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A spokesman for the Center for Constitutional Rights, which opposes the department's rule, says his group now will try to get a permanent injunction against it. The center and other opponents read the regulation as being in conflict with congressional action to provide funds to combat teen-age pregnancy.