San Francisco, Calif., Jul 11, 2019 / 14:00 pm
The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a new Title X rule banning organizations in reciept of funds from co-locating with abortion facilties can go into effect. Planned Parenthood called the decision "devastating" and "crushing news."
The court refused to grant an emergency stay of its June 20 decision allowing the rule to be enforced.
The decision was 7-4. All four dissenting judges were appointed by Democrats, and the seven in the majority were appointed by Republicans.
This decision means that organizations that receive Title X family planning funds must maintain a physical and financial separation from facilities that perform abortions. Fund recipients are immediately prevented from referring patients for abortion services. By March 2020, health clinics must be located separately from abortion facilities in order to be eligible for continued funding.