Appeals Court Rules Trump Administration Can Stop Abortion Providers from Receiving Family Planning Funds Under Title X

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has again affirmed that a Trump administration rule barring abortion providers from receiving family planning funds under Title X can take effect.

In an order released Thursday, the Ninth Circuit voted 7-4 to reaffirm a three-judge panel decision made on June 20 lifting injunctions that blocked the new rule from being enforced.

“Until further order of the Court, no further briefing is required of the parties for the en banc court’s reconsideration of the three-judge panel order. The briefing schedule established for the merits appeal shall remain as originally ordered,” stated the order.

Planned Parenthood took to their Twitter account to denounce the order, calling it “devastating” and claiming that it will harm women’s health.

“The Ninth Circuit just refused to block the Title X gag rule, meaning it can go into effect and endanger birth control … and other essential care for millions. This is devastating,” Planned Parenthood lamented. “Know that we won’t stop fighting for the millions of people who get care through Title X and we will not allow the government to censor our doctors and nurses from doing their jobs.”

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias celebrated the order, saying in a statement released Thursday that she was grateful to President Donald Trump “for his continued leadership in protecting the most vulnerable among us.”

“Abortion is not family planning,” continued Tobias. “This rule draws a bright line between family planning and abortion.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski