On Thursday, a federal judge upheld President Trump’s decision to revise how funds from Title X National Family Planning Program are distributed.
“This will strip Planned Parenthood of up to $60 million in federal funding per year as other lawsuits challenging the policy continue to make their way through the courts,” the Washington Examiner reports.
In a 3-0 decision, the 9th Circuit Court overturned a lower court decision and granted a motion for a stay, allowing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allocate Title X funds according to Trump’s agenda.
“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 (recognized by Congress in § 1008) in ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not go to fund or subsidize abortions,” the court stated. “Because HHS and the public interest would be irreparably harmed absent a stay … we conclude that a stay of the district court’s preliminary injunction orders pending appeal is proper.”
Responding to the ruling, Planned Parenthood Action tweeted: “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.”
Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen also took to Twitter to criticize the ruling as “unethical, illegal, and harmful to public health.”
“Planned Parenthood will not stand for this attack on millions of people across the country,” she continued. “We will immediately seek emergency relief from the Court of Appeals.”
“We won’t let the government censor our doctors and nurses from providing our patients with full and accurate information on where and how they can access care. We will continue to fight the Trump administration in the courts to protect everyone’s fundamental right to healthcare,” she added.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.