SCOTUS asked to rule on federal abortion funding

Thursday, November 12, 2020
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

cash 100-dollar billPro-life medical associations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a rule barring federal funding of abortion.

The rule comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) but an appeals court blocked the rule while a separate has upheld it.

Attorney John Bursch of Alliance Defending Freedom says no court can substitute its own policy views of the elected branches of government.

"The Supreme Court has already recognized that the federal government has authority to prevent Title X funds from being used for abortion," Bursch tells OneNewsNow. "The 4th Circuit chose instead to rely on preferences of pro-abortion medical associations, (so) the Supreme Court should take this case and affirm that HHS has the authority to issue a rule that the High Court already deemed constitutional."

The pro-life medical associations asking the Supreme Court to uphold the rule are the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

"The mayor and city council of Baltimore filed a lawsuit against HHS, claiming the rule violated the Administrative Procedure Act because it is capricious, arbitrary, and not in accordance with the law," My Tyler Gillett wrote for Jurist.org in September. "The district court first granted a temporary injunction against the rule, finding that the rule was likely not in accordance with the law, and later granted a permanent injunction on the grounds that the rule was arbitrary and capricious."

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