The Trump administration is resurrecting a Reagan-era rule that would ban federally funded family planning clinics from discussing abortion with women, or sharing space with abortion providers.
US President Donald Trump.
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A senior White House official says the Department of Health and Human Services will be announcing its proposal on Friday (overnight tonight NZT).
The policy has been derided as a "gag rule" by abortion rights supporters and medical groups, and it is likely to trigger lawsuits that could keep it from taking effect.
However, it's guaranteed to galvanise activists on both sides of the abortion debate ahead of the congressional midterm elections.
Maori Public Health boss Lance Norman told politicians today that 35 per cent of Maori still smoke, along with 25 per cent of Pasifika and 12-13 per cent of all other ethnicities.