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Yahoo! BooksAug 17, 2019
Planned Parenthood May Reject Federal Funds Over Trump Administration Rule
Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesDespite years of fighting calls to "defund Planned Parenthood," the reproductive healthcare organization may now voluntarily remove itself from a massive government funding program, after a federal appeals court allowed a controversial new abortion rule to go forward.For months, Planned Parenthood has been battling a new Trump administration rule that bars taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from talking with their patients about abortion, or referring them to abortion providers. Planned Parenthood deemed the measure a "gag rule" and said it would pull out of Title X—the program that administers the funds—rather than comply with the new regulations.The court ruling Friday put that declaration to the test: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear its previous order allowing the rule to go forward. "The full court has been advised of the motions for full court en banc reconsideration and no judge has requested a vote on whether to rehear the matter as a full en banc court," Chief Judge Sidney Thomas wrote. "The motions for full court en banc reconsideration are denied."In a statement, Planned Parenthood leadership said they would consider their options and announce next steps on Monday. "We refuse to cower to this president," acting PPFA President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said. "The gag rule is unethical, dangerous, and we will not subject our patients to it."The Title X program provides funding for family planning services to an est
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