By Liberty Counsel —— Bio and Archives--February 25, 2020
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled 7-4 yesterday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) Title X funding rule for federal family planning
programs, called the Protect Life Rule, is constitutional. The Trump
administration’s rule means the defunding of Planned Parenthood by as
much as $60 million in Title X funds annually.
The HHS issued the
rule to stop the flow of Title X federal funds to family planning
facilities that perform abortions or do abortion referrals. This
regulation means that clinics that receive federal family planning
grants called Title X — which pay for birth control, testing for
sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings — will not be
allowed to be housed in the same buildings as those that also provide
abortions. It does not reduce Title X funds; it redirects them to
providers that do not perform or promote abortions.
The Protect Life Rule was originally signed by President Ronald Reagan
in 1988. Reagan’s effort to direct tax dollars to entities that provide
health care to women but do not perform abortions was tied up in court
and was ultimately overturned in the first days of Bill Clinton’s
presidency........To Read More....