Planned Parenthood Loses Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Changes to Federal Funding

July 18, 2018

By Jessie Hellmann

A federal judge ruled in favor of the Trump administration — and against Planned Parenthood — in a lawsuit over changes to a government-funded family planning program.

Planned Parenthood sought to have the changes thrown out, arguing they are unlawful because the administration did not go through a formal rulemaking process, which requires a public notice and comment period, when it altered the program.

U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden, who was nominated by President Trump last year, ruled Monday evening that courts cannot require an agency to go through a formal rulemaking process for a change in procedure.

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