Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Trump Administration's Pro-Life Rule That Cut $60m from Planned Parenthood
Paul Smeaton : Jun 12, 2020
The Protect Life Rule requires 'clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning.'
(Maine) — [LifeSiteNews.com] A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's rule prohibiting Title X taxpayer funds from being given to organizations which refer for abortions. (Image: March For Life /CNS /via American Magazine)
Earlier this week, US District Judge Lance Walker rejected a lawsuit brought by Maine Family Planning, which claimed that the Protect Life Rule violates the free speech clause in the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
Walker judged that the "rule authorizes nondirective counseling, including abortion counseling; it only prohibits an abortion referral."
The Protect Life Rule requires "clear financial and physical separation between Title X-funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning" and bans "referral for abortion as a method of family planning." The abortion lobby has responded with multiple lawsuits, and Planned Parenthood chose to withdraw from Title X rather than comply with it, despite the company's repeated claim that abortion is only a fraction of their "services."
According to a report in the local Maine news outlet Bangor Daily News Maine Family Planning receives "a little more than $2 million in Title X money each year, which was disbursed to its 18 owner-operated health care centers across the state." A spokesperson for the organization said that is about 30 percent of their total revenue... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
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