AG Yost asks Supreme Court to back federal abortion funding ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Editors Note: The video in the player above is from Jan. 28, 2021.

On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed a motion, along with leaders from 18 other states, asking President Joe Biden to allow the Supreme Court to go through with a decision on whether federal money can go toward funding abortions.

The motion asks the Supreme Court to protect funding limitations outlined in Title X, a federal law that funds family-planning services, and does not allow its funds to go towards abortion. 

While the Trump administration updated regulations to continue that practice, the Biden administration signed an executive order shortly after taking office in January, instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind those restrictions.

“Using Title X dollars to fund or promote abortion is against the law,” Yost said in a statement Monday. “And I’m intervening to stop it, no matter what the president’s personal agenda may be.”

Along with Yost, the Attorneys General from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia all signed on to the motion, 

The Trump Administration’s Title X rule is a direct attack on Planned Parenthood and the crucial services the organization provides. Access to health care could be taken away from millions of women. It’s wrong, and as president I will reverse it.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 19, 2019

Editor’s Note: The below story aired on June 29, 2020


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