The Trump administration is being forced to continue giving Planned Parenthood millions of tax dollars after a federal judge ruled against the government Tuesday.
The abortion chain sued the Department of Health and Human Services in February after it cut grants to Planned Parenthood’s questionable Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP).
Planned Parenthood claims the government cut its funding prematurely without reason, and, on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice in Spokane, Washington agreed, according to Reuters.
Rice, who was appointed by pro-abortion President Barack Obama, said the government “arbitrarily and capriciously” cut Planned Parenthood’s TPPP grants.
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HHS failed to follow proper administrative procedures and “arbitrarily and capriciously” terminated the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which provides grants for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, Rice said.
He rejected the administration’s contention that a ruling favoring Planned Parenthood would “handcuff” policymakers and force the government to continue funding multi-year grant projects even when they are not in its best interest.
“The Court does not seek to ‘handcuff policymakers,’ but merely finds that Plaintiffs have established that an agency must follow its own regulations in terminating a program,” Rice wrote.
The ruling was hailed by the plaintiffs in the case, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
It followed a similar decision last week by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. who ruled in favor of four other grant recipients in finding the administration’s cuts were unlawful.
Last year, the Trump administration announced plans to cut about $200 million in grants to the abortion chain and other participants in the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP). The Department of Health and Human Services said the program did not help reduce teen pregnancies and wasted tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood contends that its sex education programs are effective.
After the ruling Tuesday, Planned Parenthood Vice President Dawn Laguens praised Rice’s ruling.
“The courts confirmed that the Trump-Pence administration’s attempt to impose its ideological agenda on young people is unlawful,” Laguens said in a statement.
Planned Parenthood affiliates receive several million dollars in taxpayer funds through the program. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands received $1 million annually to target rural teens. And Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, as well as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, also receive grants of nearly $1 million each annually to promote their risky sex agenda to teens.
Last year, HHS spokesman Mark Vafiades told the New York Times that there is very little evidence that the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is working.
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Vafiades said the evidence of a positive impact is “very weak,” and the Trump administration wants to support a program that “provides youth with the information and skills they need to avoid the many risks associated with teen sex.”
Many parents become very upset when they learn Planned Parenthood teaches their teenagers about sex. School districts in North Carolina and Michigan recently rejected Planned Parenthood sex education programs because of a strong public outcry.
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, aborting more than 300,000 unborn babies every year. The abortion chain also teaches sex education in public schools across the country, and promotes risky sexual behavior to vulnerable young teens at its clinics.
In 2014, Live Action release an undercover video series showing Planned Parenthood employees encouraging young teens to participate in sado-masochistic sexual activities, including gagging, whipping, asphyxiation, shopping at sex stores and viewing pornography.
Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their partner that they have HIV.
The abortion giant also publishes multiple “resources” for children and teenagers concerning sexual activity. These materials claim to provide “age appropriate” sex education to children starting at age 4.