The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Planned Parenthood's request to reverse its order allowing the Trump administration's Title X abortion clinic-referral restriction to go into effect -- a blow for abortion rights activists after the organization threatened to pull out of the federal family-planning program over the rule.National Catholic Register: Planned Parenthood to pull out of Title X.
[Mia Heck, director of external affairs at HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health] pointed to an earlier statement accusing Planned Parenthood of "actually choosing to place a higher priority on the ability to refer for abortion instead of continuing to receive federal funds to provide a broad range of acceptable and effective family planning methods and services to clients in need of these services."
The decision is set to take effect Aug. 19, the date by which funding recipients are required to make a “good faith” undertaking to comply with a new rule barring the referral of clients for abortion services.Yeah, well, PP faced a choice (no pun intended) and they made their decision. It wouldn't be surprising if PP backtracks on this considering how much Liberal organizations love public funding. But doing so would compromise their ideological price of human life, of which they've just determined. Now, if they can just stop whining over their choice...(pun intended).
After it was announced in final form in February, the Protect Life Rule was subject to court challenges from abortion providers and several states. In June, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the rule could come into force. In July, judges refused to issue a stay against that decision.
Planned Parenthood informed the court on Wednesday that, unless they reversed its refusal to grant a stay, it would leave the Title X program on Monday.
Planned Parenthood’s acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said the group refused “to let the Trump administration bully us into withholding abortion information from our patients.”
Calling the Protect Life Rule a “gag on health care providers,” Johnson said in a statement that the rule is “a blatant assault on our health and rights, and we will not stand for it.”