CNA Staff, Oct 3, 2020 / 09:00 am
The American Medical Association on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that upheld a ban on federal family planning funds for abortion providers.
Last year, the Trump administration finalized the “Protect Life Rule,” which bars Title X fund recipients from referring women for abortions, prevents participating groups from co-locating with abortion clinics, and requires financial separation of government-funded programs from those that carry out abortions.
Title X is a federal program created in 1965 that subsidizes family-planning and preventative health services, including contraception, for low-income families. It has been frequently updated and subject to new regulations. Title X does not pay for abortions, but recipients of Title X in the past have included abortion providers and organizations that refer patients for abortion.
As a result of the new rule, Planned Parenthood exited the Title X program during August 2019.
After the finalized Protect Life Rule was announced in February 2019, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, praised the Trump administration for “reaffirming that abortion is not family planning.”