9th Circuit Court rules Trump administration defunding abortion clinics is constitutional

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 25th, 2020 8:59 am

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that it is constitutional for the Trump administration to deny federal funding to clinics that offer abortions.

The court upheld the administration's announcement in June 2019 that it would be barring taxpayer-funded clinics that referred women for abortions from federal funding. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the same month that it would be enforcing the ban.

Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote in Monday's statement that the administration's decision did not constitute a "gag," saying that "there is no 'gag' on [nondirective] abortion counseling."

? Planned Parenthood chose to forgo around $60 million in annual federal funding, withdrawing from the Title X program.


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