9th Circuit Upholds Controversial Abortion Policy

Headline Roundup February 24th, 2020

The California-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor Monday of a Trump administration policy that restricts federally-funded family planning centers from referring patients for abortions. Coverage from left-rated outlets generally focused more on perceived consequences of the ruling, especially for low-income women and families; some reporting from right-rated outlets focused more on the history of the legislation, known as Title X, and arguments for preventing "taxpayer-funded" abortions.

9th Circuit Upholds Controversial Abortion Policy

From the Right
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The liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled the Trump administration's decision to withhold Title X funding from medical facilities that provide abortion is constitutional. Their decision overturned preliminary injunctions issued by lower courts in three different states, Fox News reported.

The Title X rule was first enacted in 1970, which prohibited taxpayer-funded abortions as "a method of family planning." During President Ronald Reagan's administration in 1988, "merely provid[ing] counseling or referrals for abortion for family-planning purposes" fell under this limitation. The Supreme Court upheld those rules...

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From the Left
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A federal appeals court ruled on Monday in favor of a polarizing Trump administration policy that bans federally funded family planning centers from referring women for abortions.

The 7-4 decision by the California-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit delighted social conservatives who are central to President Trump’s political base. It infuriated civil libertarians, Planned Parenthood and other reproductive rights groups and more than 20 states that had filed lawsuits to try to block the rule.

The 82-page opinion dismissed the concerns of three lower courts on the...

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From the Center
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A federal appeals court sided with the Trump administration on Monday in declining to block a rule that restricts what federally funded family planning providers can tell patients about abortion.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the plaintiffs in the case, including several states, Planned Parenthood and Essential Access Health, would not succeed because the rule is a "reasonable interpretation" of the law.

With four judges dissenting, the court let stand its earlier decision to overturn injunctions on the rule issued by lower courts....

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