The nation’s largest abortion chain suffered a serious body blow this week, as the 9th Circuit upheld President Trump’s new rules about Title X “Family Planning” funds. They had already lost an appeal to a three judge panel of the liberal court last month; they then asked for an en banc hearing. That ruling was issued yesterday – and Planned Parenthood lost on a 7-4 vote.
The bottom line here is that Planned Parenthood will either have to give up Title X monies – or completely separate their abortion business from their “family planning” operations. The new rules require separate facilities, separate staff and a hard line which bans elective abortion as a legitimate method of birth control.
Planned Parenthood has already stated that it has no intention of complying with the Trump Rules.
Based upon the court ruling yesterday, it now seems likely that Planned Parenthood will lose upwards of $60 million each year in Title X funds. The only recourse they have is to file an appeal with the Supreme Court – which will almost certainly fail.
This is an historic pro-Life victory – made sweeter by the fact that it came via the 9th Circuit.
Planned Parenthood will continue to receive hundreds of millions in tax dollars through the Medicaid program; in fact, this is their big cash cow. But even Planned Parenthood will feel the blow of losing $60 million in guaranteed annual revenue.