A federal court on Thursday, June 20, ruled that the Trump administration’s family planning rules can go into effect. The rules ban federally funded family planning clinics from abortion referrals, according to AP.
The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals Circuit, which earlier upheld distinct nationwide injunctions on a range of Trump administration policies, including immigration policies, released the order Thursday, providing the Trump administration a significant win.
“This decision is a major step toward the Trump administration being able to ensure that all Title X projects comply with the Title X statute and do not support abortion as a method of family planning,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a news release, according to AP.
It seems that the rules are aimed at Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood’s clinics are major recipients of funds for family planning and preventive care. In the 2016 presidential election campaign, President Trump wanted to defund the organization, according to Fox News.
This would withdraw federal Title X financing from any medical facility providing abortions, abortion counseling, or abortion referrals.
When the rules introduced in February, called Protect Life Rule, SBA list, a pro-life network had welcomed the rule.
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, said, “We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood.”
“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars. We thank President Trump and Secretary Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion.”
Justice Department also welcomed the court decision. “We are pleased that the 9th Circuit has cleared the way for this important executive branch action to take effect while our appeals are pending,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kelly Laco said. “The Department of Justice’s position is supported by long-standing Supreme Court precedent and we are confident we will ultimately prevail on appeal.”
Planned Parenthood said it would immediately ask the 9th Circuit to reconsider the decision. “The news out of the 9th Circuit this morning is devastating for the millions of people who rely on Title X health centers for cancer screenings, HIV tests, affordable birth control, and other critical primary and preventive care,” Dr. Leana Wen, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “Planned Parenthood will not let the government censor our doctors and nurses from informing patients where and how they can access health care,” according to AP.