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Rust v. Sullivan

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Citation. 500 U.S. 173, 111 S. Ct. 1759, 114 L. Ed. 2d 233, 1991 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. The Respondent, Sullivan (Respondent), instituted regulations that prohibited federal monies to be used to educate Medicaid recipients about abortion as a family planning option.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. The government can selectively fund programs without violating the United States Constitution (Constitution), if it believes the funded programs encourage certain activities it believes are in the public interest.


Facts. In 1988, the Respondent promulgated new regulations that prohibited federal monies from being used to counsel Medicaid recipients about abortion as a method of family planning.

Issue. Does this restriction violate the First Amendment of the Constitution by prohibiting certain content-based discussions from occurring?
Does the restriction condition the receipt of a benefit on the relinquishment of a constitutional right?

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