Temporary reprieve for Planned Parenthood

In June, a three-member panel of judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay order that lifted injunctions  that stopped new rules regarding Title X family planning funding. In an unanimous opinion, the panel ruled that “Absent a stay, HHS [Health and Human Services] will be forced to allow taxpayer dollars to be spent in a manner that it has concluded violates the law, as well as the Government’s important policy interest in ensuring that taxpayer dollars do not go to fund or subsidize abortions.”

This week, Planned Parenthood was granted an en banc rehearing of the motions panel’s stay order. This means all the judges in the Ninth District Court of Appeals will participate in the rehearing not just the three who issued the stay. .

According to regional Planned Parenthood staff, this means the injunction is back in place for the time being.


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