Appeals Court Greenlights Trump Family Planning Rule While Litigation Continues


A federal appeals court Thursday gave the green light to the Trump administration to impose new abortion-related restrictions on federally funded family planning clinics while lawsuits filed by more than 20 states and healthcare organizations play out.

Some of the plaintiffs had believed a decision last month from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the rules.

In its ruling Thursday, the court said it intends to quickly consider whether the administration can impose the new rules, which include a ban on taxpayer-funded clinics making abortion referrals.

It does not appear the Department of Health and Human Services has yet taken steps to put the rules into effect.

“We are greatly encouraged to see the 9th Circuit rule in favor of allowing President Trump’s Protect Life Rule to take effect while it continues to be litigated,” SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.

“A strong majority of Americans have consistently voiced their opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion – it is even unpopular among Democrats and self-described pro-choice Americans . . . This is wonderful news, and we are more optimistic than ever that the Trump administration’s case will succeed.”

March for Life head Jeanne Mancini also hailed the appeals court’s decision.

“Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and therefore should not be funded by the Title X program,” she said in a statement. “This regulation helps to get taxpayers out of the abortion business, without cutting resources for those in need, and is a victory for all Americans.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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