Ninth Circuit rules abortion funding changes can proceed

    July 15, 2019

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 11 upheld its June 20 decision allowing the Trump administration to enforce new rules blocking Title X family planning funds from going to abortion facilities.

    The 7-4 vote rejected an emergency stay request from Planned Parenthood, 20 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and other pro-abortion groups.

    The appeals court said it would move quickly to review the case against the new regulations, but Thursday's ruling allows the funding change take effect in the meantime.

    Federal judges had blocked enforcement of the rules after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services introduced them in February. Planned Parenthood receives about $60 million a year from Title X and has said it would leave the program if the new rules are implemented.

    Written by Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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