President Donald Trump, in conjunction with Mitch McConnell, has managed to finally flip the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals into conservative hands, and this mission is already paying dividends.

On Monday, the Ninth Circuit upheld new administration rules that prevent medical facilities from obtaining Title X funding if they perform abortions. While the new rules were blocked by the lower courts, the Ninth Circuit reversed those decisions this week, giving the Trump administration the green light to move forward.

“In light of Supreme Court approval of the 1988 regulations and our broad deference to agencies’ interpretations of the statutes they are charged with implementing, plaintiffs’ legal challenges to the 2019 rule fail,” Judge Sandra Ikuta wrote for the court. “Accordingly, we vacate the injunctions entered by the district courts and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”

In a statement, the Justice Department praised the court’s ruling.

“We are pleased by the en banc Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding HHS’s rule forbidding the use of taxpayer money to subsidize abortion through Title X grants,” said DOJ spokesperson Mollie Timmons. “Congress has long prohibited the use of Title X funds in programs where abortion is a method of family planning and HHS’s recent rule makes that longstanding prohibition a reality. We look forward to continuing to defend this vital rule against all challenges.”

Last August, when the rule was introduced, Planned Parenthood decided to withdraw from Title X consideration instead of abandoning their lucrative abortion business. In a conference call with reporters at the time, Planned Parenthood acting president Alexis McGill Johnson said the Trump administration’s rule was “unnecessary and dangerous.”

“We believe that the Trump administration is doing this as an attack on reproductive health care and to keep providers like Planned Parenthood from serving our patients,” Johnson said. “For nearly half a century, Title X has ensured that those struggling to make ends meet or who don’t have health insurance can access services like birth control, cancer screenings, and STD testing and treatment in their communities.”

In response, pro-life advocates said that Planned Parenthood had proven where its priorities were.

“Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, today made a choice not to separate its abortion operation from Title X services, and in doing declined Title X funding, which makes up approximately four percent of their annual budget,” Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, said in a statement. “Abortion is neither healthcare nor family planning and taxpayer dollars should not support abortion. Leana Wen’s recent firing and Planned Parenthood’s decision today doubles down on their ultimate goal, which is political abortion advocacy, not healthcare.”


Oh, on a side note about Trump’s excellent work turning the Ninth Circuit into something we can be proud of: In his dissent to this ruling, Judge Richard Paez felt it was necessary to not only cast doubt on the validity of the majority opinion but also to point out that “people of all genders can become pregnant.” You know, just in case you needed Reason #4,545 why we need to retain the Senate and the White House this November.