Ninth Circuit panel upholds President Trump’s reinstatement of Title X funding rule

Today, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Trump Administration’s reinstatement of Title X funding rules that prevent federal grants from being used by facilities promoting or performing abortions.

“We applaud the 9th Circuit for applying the rule of law by allowing this reasonable policy to be reinstated,” stated National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “This rule makes clear that abortion is not family planning.”

Prior to President Trump re-establishing the Protect Life Rule, existing Title X regulations blurred the line between abortion and family planning. Today’s decision abides by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the original rule.

“We are grateful for President Trump and his leadership on this issue,” stated Tobias. “This rule prevents American taxpayers from having to subsidize abortion clinics through Title X.”

Under the Protect Life Rule, abortion facilities may not be in the same location where family planning services are delivered. The rule also states that Title X grantees may not refer for elective abortion.

The rule does not cut one dime of funding for family planning, but ensures that funding goes to health facilities that do not perform or promote abortion as family planning. Under the Obama Administration policy, Title X consistently provided funding to facilities that performed and promoted abortions.