In June 2019, the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that, effective immediately, medical clinics receiving federal funding could no longer refer women to abortions (“the Final Rule). The Final Rule also mandated that abortions had to be performed in facilities that were physically and economically separate from the Title X clinics.
If the clinics refused to abide by the new mandates, they would lose their funding under Title X, a Nixon-era program providing funds for family planning and health services. Rather than abide by the edict, Planned Parenthood withdrew from the Title X program, foregoing the $60 million a year that taxpayers gave to an organization that performed almost 330,000 abortions just during the 2017–2018 fiscal year.
On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, once of the wackiest courts in the entire federal system, did something remarkable: it supported the Trump administration. In a majority opinion that Judge Sandra Ikuta, a George W. Bush appointee, authored, it reversed several lower-court rulings that had imposed nationwide preliminary injunctions against the Final Rule.
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