Unconscionable: Fury as Federal Appeals Court Upholds Trump’s Anti-Women, Anti-Choice “Gag Rule”

Wow!  The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made a decision based on the law, not political correctness.  The Left is furious, they do not believe in the law and this Circuit has been known to literally laugh at laws and regulations.

“Reproductive rights advocates criticized a federal court’s ruling on Monday upholding the Trump administration’s Title X rule, which bans health clinics from counseling patients on abortion care

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the 7-4 decision regarding the administration’s policy of preventing Title X funds from going to clinics that provide referrals for abortions, even though no federal funds pay for abortions.

“As a reminder,” said Planned Parenthood Action, “the gag rule puts up egregious barriers for people with low incomes to get birth control and preventive care like STI testing, education, and cancer screenings. Before being forced out of Title X, Planned Parenthood served 40% of patients in the program.”

The law has been on the books for years.  Note the article never mentions the decision was based on a law.  Instead, the author hides that fact behind tears for those breaking the law.

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Unconscionable: Fury as Federal Appeals Court Upholds Trump’s Anti-Women, Anti-Choice “Gag Rule”

Andrea Germanos, City Watch LA,  2/24/20   

WOMEN’S RIGHTS–Reproductive rights advocates criticized a federal court’s ruling on Monday upholding the Trump administration’s Title X rule, which bans health clinics from counseling patients on abortion care

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the 7-4 decision regarding the administration’s policy of preventing Title X funds from going to clinics that provide referrals for abortions, even though no federal funds pay for abortions.

“As a reminder,” said Planned Parenthood Action, “the gag rule puts up egregious barriers for people with low incomes to get birth control and preventive care like STI testing, education, and cancer screenings. Before being forced out of Title X, Planned Parenthood served 40% of patients in the program.”

The reproductive rights group praised the dissent written by Judge Richard Paez.

“The majority would return us to an older world, one in which a government bureaucrat could restrict a medical professional from informing a patient of the full range of healthcare options available to her,” he wrote. “Fortunately, Congress has ensured such federal intrusion is no longer the law of the land.”

The American Medical Association also criticized the decision and said the administration is forcing medical providers to choose between vital funding or acting unethically.

“The judges failed to properly take into consideration the AMA’s legal arguments or the decision’s impact on either healthcare or the patient-physician relationship. This government overreach and interference demands that physicians violate their ethical obligations—prohibiting open, frank conversations with patients about all their healthcare options—if they want to continue treating patients under the Title X program,” said AMA president Patrice A. Harris.

“It is unconscionable that the government is telling physicians that they can treat this underserved population only if they promise not to discuss or make referrals for all treatment options,” Harris continued.

The court’s decision came in for criticism from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as well:

The changes to Title X, which the majority of the U.S. public opposes, were among the key factors behind the country’s first-ever failing grade from the Population Institute’s in the group’s latest report card on reproductive health and rights.

(Andrea Germanos writes for CommonDreams.org … where this report was first posted.)

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Comments

  1. It was OK for Clinton and Obama to stack the courts but turn about is not fair play?

    They should have thought of that before screwing with the Constitution and the Court system.

  2. These same people hailed obmacare and it’s death panels.

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