9th US Circuit Court Sides with Trump – Says President Can Defund Planned Parenthood, Almost $60 Million a Year
On Thursday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruled the Trump administration’s family planning rules can take effect whtil several lawsuits are played out.
The Trump Administration finalized an administrative rule in March that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars.
The Life News reported:
A federal appeals court today ruled President Donald Trump can partially defund planned Parenthood while the abortion business’ lawsuit agaisnt his administration’s new rules moves forward.
As LifeNews reported in March, the Trump administration finalized an administrative rule that would partially defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and deprive it of as much as $60 million in taxpayer dollars. This action adds to President Trump’s record of defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.
The abortion chain receives about $50 million to $60 million in Title X funds annually, but that could change now that the new rules are being implemented. The administration’s changes to Title X family planning grants have angered the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, prompting a lawsuit, but they provide hope for life-affirming pregnancy centers, which can now compete with the abortion giant for the federal funds.
Title X funds are supposed to be used to help low-income women and men receive birth control, cancer screenings and other health care services. While the tax money cannot be used to pay for abortions, it indirectly funds Planned Parenthood’s vast abortion business.
Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Denise Harle released the following statement on Thursday following the court’s ruling.
“Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars should never be used to fund abortion, shield child abusers, or force medical professionals to violate their convictions by participating in the end of human life. Today, the 9th Circuit unanimously upheld the Trump administration’s rule as ‘reasonable’ and accurately applied the Supreme Court’s precedent by deciding that this rule may immediately go into effect. This commonsense ruling simply allows HHS to ensure greater compliance with current federal and state laws, safeguard vulnerable and abused women and children, and help protect freedom of conscience for health care workers. The Protect Life Rule will prevent organizations like the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, from funding their abortion activities through the Title X program. Planned Parenthood has covered up the sexual abuse of young girls and has been investigated for waste, abuse, and potential fraud. Because of these failures, it doesn’t deserve taxpayer dollars. Today’s ruling is another step toward ensuring greater government program integrity and the protection of every human life, no matter how vulnerable.”