California is the first to file one of many promised lawsuits against the Trump administration to make sure abortion mills continue to get Americans' tax dollars, including more than $500 million a year to Planned Parenthood.
Last month, the Trump administration issued a new rule that says no Title X funds can go to family planning centers that are performing, referring, or discussing abortion with their clients. The rule, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, became final on Monday – and California pounced, asking a Ninth Circuit judge to declare the rule unconstitutional.
Mallory Quigley of Susan B. Anthony List says it's the first of several challenges on the way.
"[California] Attorney General [Xavier] Becerra and 20 states, plus the District of Columbia, [are] suing to block the Trump administration's 'Protect Life Rule' – and absolutely this was not unexpected," she tells OneNewsNow.
Becerra described the new rule as a "sabotage" of Title X services that is "dangerous to women's health." His office states that one-fourth of the four million Title X patients nationwide are in California.
According to Quigley, Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics could retain their federal funding if they were to move their abortion business to a different location than their other family planning services.
"It does not cut Title X funding by a dime," she explains. "It [merely] enforces the existing statute that says there is a bright line of separation between abortion and family planning."
Planned Parenthood insists the federal money it gets doesn't go to abortions – a claim Quigley says is deceptive. She argues that the federal funds the abortion giant receives free up all their other money to murder more than 330,000 babies a year.
The SBA List spokeswoman says Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion lobby "have treated the Title X program like their own multimillion-dollar slush fund" for years.
A 'gag rule'? Not even close …
A pro-life legal organization believes the new rule involving Title X funding will be upheld in court.
"It's unsurprising for Planned Parenthood [to sue], of course, but disappointing nonetheless," says Steven Aden, chief legal officer and general counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL).
Aden argues the Title X rule, in essentially its current form, has already been approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Rust v. Sullivan. "So they're not going to get very far in court, we don't believe," he continues. "The rule is sound; it implements the policy and the law of Title X to keep abortion separate and distinct, away from federal family planning programs."
According to Aden, that's what taxpayers want. "A majority of them don't want taxpayer funding to go to paying for abortions. But that's what happens when you have a Planned Parenthood that can counsel a woman – really pressure her – to have an abortion and then just send her next door to the Planned Parenthood abortion facility to have the abortion," he explains.
"This [Protect Life] Rule puts a stop to that," he emphasizes. "It requires a clear physical and financial separation between family planning programs and abortion programs, and it's good for women's health because it expands the list of eligible providers including, in fact, some pro-life providers who will be eligible now under Title X to provide services."
The AUL attorney also applauds the rule for increasing "accountability and monitoring for reporting sex trafficking and abuse of minors."
"I don't know how anybody could be against that, except apparently Planned Parenthood," he says. "So, all around, it's a win-win and we're very happy that the administration has implemented this final rule – and we expect ultimately that the courts will agree that this is settled law and that this Title X program will go forward."
Aden also rejects the idea that this is a "gag rule."
"It allows Planned Parenthood and other Title X providers to discuss abortion as one of the options. That is actually something that pro-life medical centers don't shy away from because they know that the more women know about what abortion really is and does, the more they don't like it," says Aden.
More than 20 states have also sued the Trump administration over the Title X rule.