CALIFORNIA: COURT UPHOLDS PRENATAL CARE CUTOFF
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to Governor Pete Wilson's [R] cutoff of prenatal care for 70,000
illegal immigrants -- an order made last year in emergency
regulations without public hearings," the San Francisco Chronicle
reports. The Court upheld a state appeals court ruling "which
said the state was entitled to act quickly in response to an
August 1996 federal law requiring states to abolish state-funded
benefit programs for illegal immigrants." Despite yesterday's
ruling, an attorney for immigrants' rights groups said "the issue
was being revived in suits challenging the state's permanent
regulations, which are to take effect in December and January"
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