This morning, a federal court temporarily upheld the Trump Administration's move to block abortion companies from receiving funds from the Title X National Family Planning Program. This will relieve planned parenting of up to $ 60 million a year as other processes that challenge policy continue to find their way through the courts.
In a 3-0 ruling, the Ninth District Court annulled a ruling by the referring court and granted a request for suspension allowing the US Department of Health to allocate Title X funds in accordance with Trump's agenda.
"Without a stay, HHS will be forced to allow tax money to be spent in a manner that is believed to violate the law and that the government has an important political interest (recognized by Congress in Section 1
The abortion lobby is incredibly upset about this. The President of Planned Parenthood, dr. Leana Wen replied on Twitter this morning, calling Trump's move "unethical, illegal, and harmful." However, public health is not harmed in any way. Title X Women's Health funds will not be cut or cut by one cent. Rather, they are simply relocated to clinics that do not offer abortion.
Title X funds continue to be spent on various other services, including cancer screening, STI testing and contraceptives. The only limitation of Trump's Title X Policy is abortion. The planned parenting does, however, as if Trump attack women's health as a whole.
Some blue states, such as California and Washington, have ridiculously threatened to reject Title X funds altogether simply because these funds can not flow into abortion centers. In other words, these states would deny their female residents cheap, legitimate health services just so they can make a political statement about abortion. The ruling Democrats in these states are "playing politics" with women's health.
Although planned parenting calls Trump's policy a "gag rule," it's actually faith-based health clinics that have long been "gagged" for receiving Title X monies. According to Politico, this is the first time Title X funds have been awarded to faith-based health centers that provide similar services to their secular counterparts. This is a big step in the right direction by the Trump administration. If the government wants to spend money on low-income women, it should give this money to the organizations that spend it most effectively. Certainly some of these organizations are also religious.
Today's court ruling could be reversed in the future, and any Democratic candidate would undoubtedly reverse Trump's Title X policy if he beat him in 2020. But for the time being, the pro-life movement has made significant progress in deflating the abortion industry protecting life in America.