Federal Appeals Court Allows Planned Parenthood Funding to Go Forward

Federal funding can once again go to entities that provide abortions, following a ruling on Title X appeal by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Family planning funds are being funneled to entities that provide abortions despite an appeal for an injunction, according to Decision Magazine.
  • An appeal was made to the 6th Circuit Court which declined to put an injunction on the funding allowance despite 12 states who looked to restore the Trump-era ban on where taxpayer dollars were headed.
  • The Associated Press reported that the panel decided that the states appealing had not demonstrated how they would be irreparably harmed if the injunction was not put into place.
  • Joe Biden Biden moved early in 2021 to undo President Donald Trump’s ban on federal funding going to any clinic that provides abortions or abortion-centered counseling, according to Liberty Journal.
  • Attorney General Dave Yost of Ohio has spearheaded the campaign against the Biden rule, writing a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in May requesting that the Biden official not allow Title X funds to go to organizations that perform elective abortions, according to Decision Magazine.
  • In his appeal, he pointed to Section 1008 of Title X which states that “none of the funds … shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”
  • However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued its rule in October, allowing the federal funding to go to abortion clinics and those that refer patients to abortion counseling.
  • Under Trump, federally funded clinics were unable to provide abortion services, according to Decision Magazine.
  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia all joined the challenge.