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.

QUICK FACTS:
  • 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.
MORE ABOUT THE APPEAL:
  • 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.
BACKGROUND:
  • 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.