WASHINGTON, DC— On Monday, February 22nd, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari to three cases challenging the Trump administration’s Title X rule. The cases will be consolidated for oral arguments and are listed as American Medical Association v. Cochran.
At issue are regulations promulgated during the Trump administration which clarified Congress’ intent that the Title X family planning program excludes abortion, and that there must be physical and financial separation between Title X-funded family planning clinics and abortion businesses.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses voluntarily withdrew from the program after refusing to comply with the rules. And California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is in Washington this week for his confirmation hearings as Biden’s HHS Secretary, has led blue states challenging the rules. If confirmed, Becerra would be responsible for enforcing or, more likely, rescinding the rules.
AUL President and CEO Catherine Glenn Foster, who testified before Congress in support of the Title X rules, said:
Title X is intended for family planning, not abortion. Abortion is not family planning. Abortion is always a violent act that ends the life of a distinct and valuable human person. The former administration made the right decision by clarifying the congressional intent of Title X that organizations that profit from abortion cannot receive taxpayer money. We hope that the Supreme Court leaves these protections in place, to ensure that women’s healthcare comes before the interest of the abortion industry.
The Supreme Court will likely hear the case later this year.
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization that holds the distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971. It protects and defends human life from conception to natural death through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts.
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