Thanks to a decision by the 9th Circuit Court, the pro-life side of the abortion wars have won a significant victory. Planned Parenthood, the major provider of abortions in the United States, has taken a significant financial hit.
“A federal court temporarily upheld the Trump administration’s move to disallow abortion facilities from receiving funds from the Title X National Family Planning Program. This will strip Planned Parenthood of up to $60 million in federal funding per year as other lawsuits challenging the policy continue to make their way through the courts.
“In a 3-0 decision, the 9th Circuit Court overturned a lower court decision and granted a motion for a stay, allowing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to allocate Title X funds according to Trump’s agenda.”
Mind, the various lawsuits against the Trump decision will still go forward, ultimately to the Supreme Court. However, since the three-judge panel comes from the most liberal circuit court in the country, opponents of Planned Parenthood can have good hopes that the legal actions will fail to prevail. Supporters of the abortion provider seem to understand this and are upset.
“The abortion lobby is incredibly upset about this. The president of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen, responded on Twitter this morning, calling Trump’s move ‘unethical, illegal, and harmful to public health.’ But public health is not being harmed at all. Title X funds for women’s healthcare are not being dropped or reduced by a single cent. Rather, they’re simply being reallocated to health clinics that don’t provide abortion.
“Title X funds will still be spent on several other services, including cancer screenings, STI testing, and contraceptives. The only service of Trump’s Title X policy restricts is abortion. Yet Planned Parenthood acts as if Trump is attacking women’s healthcare in its entirety.”
Indeed, supporters of abortion rarely if ever defend a woman’s right to an abortion. “They cloak the reality of the issue with phrases like “women’s reproductive health.” Rep Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas was very blunt in a tweet, “Today’s decision allowing the administration’s Title X gag rule to go into effect is an affront to women & families across the country who need quality reproductive healthcare and want to get it from providers they trust.”
Of course, abortion has nothing to do with reproductive healthcare. The whole purpose of the procedure is to stop reproduction.
Because President Donald Trump is busily appointing conservative federal judges who may be more inclined to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States, the issue has heated up more than it has in decades. Some states, anticipating such a reversal or at least a softening, have passed strict abortion regulations.
Georgia, for example, now prohibit abortion except under certain circumstances after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Alabama has gone further, permitting abortion only in the case of a risk to the life of the mother.
Other states have gone in the opposite direction. New York has passed a law that permits abortion for any reason up to the moment of birth. The fact that a baby can be killed just before it would be born anyway has made a new law extremely controversial.
Planned Parenthood has come under fire because of the revelation that the organization sells spare body parts of aborted fetuses thanks to a hidden camera that recorded a discussion of the price of the fetal tissue by abortion provider executives.
The sting has created multiple legal actions with Planned Parenthood contending that the video was somehow “edited” while pro-life groups countered that the abortion provider was circumventing federal and state laws that prohibit the sale of fetal body parts.
The sales, in any case, suggest something that the Nazi-era concentration camp doctor Josef Mengele would have done, had body parts been financially profitable in the 1940s. China regularly harvests the organs of executed prisoners.
The government funding of Planned Parenthood has been a political controversy for decades. The proponents of that funding claim that government money is not used to pay for abortions. Opponents counter that money is fungible and that even if technically the funding adheres to the Hyde Amendment that prohibits government funding of abortion, it does free up other money that can be used for abortions.
The controversy continues…