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.
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.
NEW: Ninth Circuit says Trump's gag rule that bans Title X recipients from performing or supporting abortion as a method of family planning can go into effect for now. https://t.co/5PrnXOmNNH
— Bloomberg Law (@BLaw) June 20, 2019
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.”
BREAKING: A federal court just allowed the Title X gag rule to go into effect. This is a devastating blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings, and other essential care through Title X. #ProtectX #NoGagRule https://t.co/EeU1mq5gT8
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) June 20, 2019
“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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