June 12, 2020

District Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Trump Protect Life Rule for Title X

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This week, U.S. District Judge Lance Walker dismissed a lawsuit by the abortion business Maine Family Planning which challenged the Title X Protect Life Rule.

Maine Family Planning argued that the Title X Rule violated their free speech rights under the first amendment, but Walker disagreed, saying the rule, "authorizes nondirective counseling, including abortion counseling; it only prohibits an abortion referral.”

The Protect Life Rule forbids organizations receiving Title X funding from committing abortions, co-locating with organizations that commit abortions, or referring patients to abortions as a method of family planning.

Maine Family Planning previously received over $2 million in Title X funding annually but chose to withdraw from the program rather than adhere to the new requirements. Planned Parenthood similarly chose to stop receiving Title X funding rather than limit itself to life-affirming methods of family planning.

Abortion businesses still receive taxpayer funding in other ways, but this decision is a good step in the direction of preventing all Americans from subsidizing the murder of unborn children across the country.