February 25, 2020

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Title X "Protect Life Rule"

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On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-4 in favor of the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" which prevents organizations that provide abortions or refer patients to abortions from receiving Title X funding for their family-planning services from the government.

Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote in the majority opinion that the Supreme Court approved similar regulations in 1991 with Rust v. Sullivan and that the Protect Life Rule is “less restrictive in at least one important respect.” In the majority opinion, she stated “a counselor providing nondirective pregnancy counseling ‘may discuss abortion’ so long as ‘the counselor neither refers for, nor encourages, abortion,’” wrote Ikuta.

Planned Parenthood has called upon Congress to reverse the Protect Life Rule, which it calls a "gag rule."

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