The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on an HHS rule barring federal funding of abortion.
The rule was implemented by the Trump administration to prevent federal family-planning funding under the Title X program from being used for abortions.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit blocked the HHS regulations in Maryland but a 9th Circuit decision, in a separate case, upheld them.
In November 2020, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing two pro-life medical associations filed a friend-of-the-court brief encouraging the Supreme Court to take the case.
"No court can substitute its own policy views for the views of the elected branches of government," ADF attorney John Bursch tells One News Now. "For that reason, this case is important regardless of the fact that we have a new administration."
Bursch advises that the Supreme Court has already recognized that the federal government has the authority to prevent Title X funds from being used for abortion.
What wrongly happened at the 4th Circuit, the attorney adds, is that it relied on “pro-abortion medical associations” and that should be corrected by the nation’s highest court.