Federal court approves Trump admin ban on Title X funds to abortion providers, counselors

By Mary Margaret Olohan

An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration can ban taxpayer-funded abortion clinics from performing abortions or making abortion referrals.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump administration can bar clinics from performing abortions or making abortion referrals, according to Politico.

For the first time in history, the new Title X regulations will allow federal funding to go to faith-based clinics that promote natural family planning or abstinence-only methods.

The rule will allow the Trump administration to strip federal funding of any clinic that fails to comply with the new Title X regulations. The move will potentially cost Planned Parenthood “tens of millions of federal family planning dollars,” according to the publication.

“Absent a stay, HHS will be forced to allow taxpayer dollars to be spent in a manner that it has concluded violates the law, as well as the Government’s important policy interest in ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not go to fund or subsidize abortions,” the panel of three Republican-appointed judges wrote in a 3-0 opinion.

Politico reports that this is a “major blow” for the abortion industry, and Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen called the ruling “unethical, legal, and harmful.”

“The Trump-Pence administration’s gag rule is unethical, illegal, and harmful to public health,” Wen said in a tweet, “and Planned Parenthood will not stand for this attack on millions of people across the country. We will immediately seek emergency relief from the Court of Appeals.”

“If this new rule takes effect, it will devastate the only federal family planning program and the people who rely on it,” the American Civil Liberties Union said in a tweet. “We’re considering all options in response to today’s ruling, to ensure people are able to get the care they need.

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11 thoughts on “Federal court approves Trump admin ban on Title X funds to abortion providers, counselors

  1. Thank God! and Thank you, President Trump, for protecting our little sisters and brothers and their mothers, who more often than not are coerced into abortion, are injured by the abortion, and endure life long suffering. All this so that the man can avoid child support and/or child sexual abuse charges, and go on to impregnate other young girls and/or women, and so PP profiteers can rake in more money.

    • Where do you get the idea that the rest of us should be be paying for your sexual behavior?

      • Where do you get the idea that abortion is only for someone’s “sexual behavior”?

    • You should seriously consider moving back to Florida; we don’t appreciate big mouths moving here and immediately telling us what we should do.

  2. Unfortunately this will be short-lived. An identical Supreme Court decision is what counts.

    • America used to be about freedom, rights and choices. Abortion is legal. Roe v Wade is constitutional. Stop wasting time and money over and over again fighting it. Deal with it. Get over it. Move on. If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one. There are billions of other issues in this country that somebody should do something about more than this!

      • Roe v. Wade isn’t going to last much longer – Deal with it. Get over it. Move on.

  3. Maybe there still is a sliver of common sense in the Courts, I don’t want my tax dollars
    paying for someone’s foolishness.

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