Trump administration abortion rules can take effect, 9th Circuit Court says

Trump administration abortion rules can take effect, 9th Circuit Court says



The Trump administration's rules restricting federal funding for clinics providing abortion referrals can take effect immediately, a federal appeals court said Thursday, sparking outcry among health organizations that opposed them Along with more than 20 states, organizations including Planned Parenthood filed cases in three states to challenge the rules issued in February  Judges overseeing the cases blocked the rules from taking effect and two courts issued nationwide injunctions  In reversing those decisions, a three-judge panel in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco called the rules reasonable The court, which has drawn Trump's ire in the past for blocking immigration orders, said the rules match a federal law prohibiting taxpayer funds from going to “programs where abortion is a method of family planning ”The panel granted the Justice Department a stay of the lower court injunctions, allowing the policies that critics call a "gag rule" to take effect  The rules also prohibit clinics that receive federal funds from sharing office space with abortion providers, as well as block funding for organizations that refer women to another provider for the procedure  Dr. Leana Wen, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, denounced the decision and vowed to fight it “The news out of the 9th Circuit this morning is devastating for the millions of people who rely on Title X health centers for cancer screenings, HIV tests, affordable birth control and other critical primary and preventive care,” Wen said in a statement “Planned Parenthood will not let the government censor our doctors and nurses from informing patients where and how they can access health care ”Title X is a 1970 law designed to improve access to family planning services. Abortion opponents and religious conservatives say Title X has long been used to indirectly subsidize abortion providers, despite federal laws prohibiting the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save a mother's life “This decision is a major step toward the Trump Administration being able to ensure that all Title X projects comply with the Title X statute and do not support abortion as a method of family planning,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a news release The Trump administration rules revive policies President Ronald Reagan signed in 1988 The rules were later overturned by President Bill Clinton in favor of a requirement that the clinics provide neutral abortion counseling and referrals upon request Last year, Trump said people opposing his orders "are taking advantage of our country" by filing in the 9th Circuit Although the court sided with Trump's abortion policy, he blasted it when its judges blocked several of his immigration orders  "We get a lot of bad court decisions from the 9th Circuit, which has become a big thorn in our side," Trump said during a televised teleconference in November  Contributing: The Associated PressFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInAbortion rights supporters rally across the nation Fullscreen Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed Julia Sands cheers with others during a rally in support of abortion rights Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Las Vegas  Demonstrations were planned across the US on Tuesday in defense of abortion rights, which activists see as increasingly under attack The "Day of Action" rallies come after the state of Alabama passed the country's most restrictive abortion ban, prohibiting the procedure in all cases, even rape and incest, unless the mother's life is at risk Alabama is among about 14 states which have adopted laws banning or drastically restricting access to abortion, according to activists John Locher, APFullscreenProtesters rally to stop the abortion bans in the United States on the steps of the U S. Supreme Court in Washington on May 21, 2019.  Jack Gruber, USATFullscreenThe Texas Handmaidens join a group gathered to protest abortion restrictions at the State Capitol in Austin, MAyb 21, 2019   Eric Gay, APFullscreenReproductive health supporters gather at the Indiana Statehouse for a 'Stop the Bans' rally against extreme abortion bans on May 21, 2019 Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar via the USA TODAY NetworkFullscreenDemonstrators take part in a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the state Capitol in St Paul, Minn. (Christine T. Nguyen/Minnesota Public Radio via AP) ORG XMIT: MNMPR303 Christine T Nguyen, APFullscreenHundreds of women and supporters attend a protest rally over recent restrictive abortion laws on May 21, 2019 in St Louis   Michael B. Thomas, Getty ImagesFullscreenA woman holds a sign that says "you.yes, you! Run for office!" during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta   Elijah Nouvelage, Getty ImagesFullscreenBliss Vanderenter, left center, and Vivian Malan, right center, dressed in costume from "The Handmaid's Tale," gather with other activists in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda to protest abortion bans, May 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City Rick Bowmer, APFullscreenReproductive health supporters gather at the Indiana Statehouse for a 'Stop the Bans' rally against extreme abortion bans on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Indinapolis   Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar via the USA TODAY NetworkFullscreenViva Ruiz from "Thank God For Abortion" takes part in a rally in front of the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of New York on May 21, 2019 Timothy A. Clary, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenAbortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019 Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenAbortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019 Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreenReproductive health supporters gather at the Indiana Statehouse for a 'Stop the Bans' rally against extreme abortion bans on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Indinapolis   Mykal McEldowney, IndyStar via the USA TODAY NetworkFullscreenAbortion rights activist rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2019 Andrew Caballero-Reynolds, AFP/Getty ImagesagesFullscreenProtesters rally to stop the abortion bans in the United States on the steps of the U S. Supreme Court in Washington on May 21, 2019. Jack Gruber, USA TODAYFullscreenProtesters rally to stop the abortion bans in the United States on the steps of the U S. Supreme Court in Washington on May 21, 2019. Jack Gruber, USA TODAYFullscreen2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana walking through protesters who are at rally to stop the abortion bans in the United States on the steps of the U S. Supreme Court in Washington on May 21, 2019. Jack Gruber, USA TODAYFullscreenInterested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries:Replay1 of 172 of 173 of 174 of 175 of 176 of 177 of 178 of 179 of 1710 of 1711 of 1712 of 1713 of 1714 of 1715 of 1716 of 1717 of 17AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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