9th Circuit Allows Trump’s ‘Protect Life Rule’ to be Implemented

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled that President Trump’s “Protect Life Rule,” which is a set of rules, could go into effect while the legality of the rules is litigated. This decision overturns injunctions issued by several lower courts enjoining implementation of the rules that are being challenged by 21 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The rules require that entities receiving Title X family planning grant money must physically and financially separate their family planning services from those that commit or refer abortions. The rules are expected to reduce subsidies to Planned Parenthood by $60 million because most of their facilities will not comply with the separation requirements.

This is a great victory for life. “The Protect Life Rule simply draws a bright line between abortion and family planning, stopping abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood from treating Title X as their private slush fund without reducing funding by a dime,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. Adds Family Research Council Vice President for Policy Travis Weber, “The finalized ’protect life rule’ will draw a bright line between abortion and family planning programs—just as federal law requires and the Supreme Court has upheld.”

The new directive will take effect in 60 days.

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