Federal judge rules on Trump cutting Obama-era funding for Planned Parenthood

Federal judge rules on Trump cutting Obama-era funding for Planned Parenthood
A federal judge ruled against the Trump administration Thursday and blocked their rescission of funding to a program organized by Planned Parenthood. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration could not end funds to Planned Parenthood through a program created under former President Obama for the prevention of teen pregnancy.

Here’s what the judge said

U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice issued a permanent injunction against the Trump administration ending funding to the program.

“The Court determines that the public interest weighs in favor of Plaintiffs (Planned Parenthood), as it would prevent harm to the community,” Rice said, “and prevent loss of data regarding the effectiveness of teen pregnancy prevention.”

The program was created under the administration of former President Obama, and was slated to end in 2020, but the Trump administration argued that it was ineffective, and decided to end funding two years early.

Planned Parenthood sued the Trump administration when it ended the funding to 81 organizations across the country.

The program meant to prevent teen pregnancy through comprehensive sex education that included teaching of contraception methods.

President Trump admitted in March 2017 that he offered a deal to Planned Parenthood to allow them to continue to receive government funds if they ceased to provide abortions at their clinics. Cecile Richards, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, said she rejected the offer.

Here’s Trump talking about his “evolution” on abortion before the election:

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