Biden rule funding family planning companies that refer to abortion can continue | National Catholic Register

Although 12 states have filed a legal challenge to a Biden administration rule that allows companies that refer abortions to receive federal funds for family planning, a federal court says the rule can stay in place pending the outcome of the trial.

Although 12 states have filed a legal challenge to a Biden administration rule that allows companies that refer abortions to receive federal funds for family planning, a federal court says the rule can stay in place pending the outcome of the trial.

The lawsuit was filed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia, reports the Associated Press. Not all of these states receive Title X funding.

On February 8, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati denied the 12 states’ request to stop the Biden administration’s new rule, on the grounds that they had failed to prove they would be damaged beyond repair by the entry into force of the rule.

The lawsuit seeks to reinstate the Trump administration’s life-protecting rule on Title X funding. The rule was intended to serve as a firewall between family planning companies and abortion services, Yost said. . The lawsuit argued that the Biden administration’s rule will “subsidize abortion.”

“You can’t ‘follow the money’ when all the money is thrown in a pot and mixed up,” Yost said on Oct. 25. “Federal law prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion — and that law means nothing if federal money isn’t kept separate. That, frankly, is the real reason behind the rule.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, had received about one-fifth of the total amount of Title X funds distributed each year. He withdrew from the program rather than comply with the rules, losing around $60 million a year. Planned Parenthood still receives about $500 million a year in Medicaid reimbursement.

Yost’s lawsuit argued that Ohio received more money through the Title X program without competition from Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, the Columbus Expedition reports. Under the new rules, the state could get less funding and have to cut services.

In December, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black denied trial supporters’ request for a preliminary injunction. He called the legal challenge a political disagreement, not a legal one, reports the Associated Press. He rejected Yost’s argument that a financial firewall was necessary on the grounds that money is fungible.

“The principle that money is fungible must have theoretical limits, otherwise no government appropriation for specific purposes could ever be feasible,” Black said. “Title X no more subsidizes abortions than funding a homeless shelter subsidizes drug addiction.”

The Title X Family Planning Program funds contraceptives and family planning services, as well as some basic health care services, for low-income communities. Approximately $250 million in funding is available each year.

The Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, in a final rule announced on October 4, 2021, said entities participating in Title X can again request abortions and must not be physically separated from centers. ‘abortion.

The rule overrides a 2019 rule under the Trump administration known as the Protect Life Rule. It had barred Title X recipients from referring for abortions and barred recipients who co-located with abortion centers.

This Trump-era rule was issued to help ensure the separation of Title X funding from abortion. The original law that created the program in 1970 specified that no funds “shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”

Several states and other organizations have left the Title X program rather than comply with the Protect Life rule. About 1,300 local installations in total have left the program, reports the Associated Press. Corporate backers have said they hope the Biden-era rule will mean they return to Title X.

The rule change drew criticism from Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who at the time was chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Activities Committee.

“The administration is wrong to allow taxpayer dollars to fund abortion providers who participate in a pre-pregnancy program specifically designed to exclude abortion,” Bishop Naumann said Oct. 7, 2021. He said noted that the Title X program was permitted to be “an entirely separate program from abortion.

Bishop Naumann added that the bishops are very concerned about the government’s promotion of contraceptives and have long supported efforts to ensure abortion remains physically and financially separate from family planning under Title X.

In a May 2021 letter to the Biden administration, attorneys general from 21 states, including Yost, warned the Department of Health and Human Services not to reverse the rule.

The Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, in its proposed rule change, cited pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute statistics that claimed the life-saving rule led to nearly 182,000 “unwanted” pregnancies.

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