Trump signs law rolling back Planned Parenthood funding protection

by Abel Hampton April 15, 2017, 5:42
Trump signs law rolling back Planned Parenthood funding protection

The move marked the 12th time that Trump has signed a resolution under the 1996 Congressional Review Act abolishing a rule issued under President Barack Obama.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List, who attended Trump's closed-door signing ceremony, was pleased with the "victory" in giving states options. The tie vote made it so pro-life Vice-President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to approve the measure.

Abortion providers in Texas that receive federal dollars to offer reproductive health services to low-income people are likely to lose that funding under a measure President Trump signed Thursday.

Planned Parenthood condemned the new law. Without access to dedicated service providers like Planned Parenthood, it is possible women may turn to other modes of healthcare, such as emergency rooms. Days after being sworn in, he signed an executive order reinstating the so-called Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which blocks United States funding from going to any nongovernmental organization around the world that provides abortion counseling, even if the money is not used for abortion-related services.

That rule was instituted after more than a dozen conservative states denied grants to Planned Parenthood through a Nixon-era family-planning programme known as Title X. Republicans, including President Donald Trump, generally oppose abortion.

"President Trump is delivering on his promise to give the states the flexibility they need to make health care decisions that best meet their citizens' unique needs", Verma told reporters afterwards, according to The Post.

In recent years, several states receiving Title X family planning grants have opted to direct those funds to county health departments, community health centers, or other types of providers, in preference to organizations engaged in objectionable activities, such as Planned Parenthood, a mega-marketer of abortion that has also been involved in selling aborted baby parts.

But given the rhetoric surrounding Planned Parenthood in Congress, this effort isn't all that surprising.

Federal law already prohibits the use of family planning funds for abortions.

"I'm very upset about that, and I think the majority of women in this country are upset about that as well", said Stacia Littlefield.

"Instead of acting to create jobs for hard-working families, Republicans are focused on restricting millions of women's access to family planning and preventive care services", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a statement. And the Montana Legislature voted in 2015 to set federal Title X money aside so it wouldn't be at play when lawmakers debate general funding levels for state government.

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