Trump signs resolution allowing U.S. states to block family planning funds

Nick Mcbride
April 16, 2017

H.J. Res 43 voids a regulation that forces states to use Title X money to fund Planned Parenthood. "Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being", said Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, president and chief executive officer of the Planned Parenthood League of MA and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA.

President Trump signed a law that eliminated an Obama Administration order prohibiting state and local governments from withholding Title X funding for family planning services. "This is just one more example of Donald Trump's White House and this Republican Congress taking every single opportunity to chip away at women's rights, and we won't stand for it".

While the bill does not defund Planned Parenthood directly, it is part of a wider GOP attack on the women's health provider - and will likely encourage further efforts to cut federal funding off from Planned Parenthood.

The bill passed by the barest of margins in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in late March.

"This is a major pro-life victory", said the House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Trump signed the unpopular rollback of the Obama regulation that didn't allow states to defend Planned Parenthood's family planning in a closed press event with no television cameras allowed.

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Planned Parenthood League of MA described President Donald Trump's decision to withhold federal funding from organizations that perform abortions as the "worst political attack" on women's health in a generation.

The Obama administration moved late a year ago to stop the states, enacting a regulation that prohibited states from considering abortion in doling out federal family planning grant money. (It is already illegal to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergency.) But its impact could still be enormous, abortion rights groups say.

Title X, the federal family planning program established by President Richard Nixon in 1970, subsidizes health care services like contraception, Pap smears and others for 4 million low-income Americans.

Four million people with low incomes rely on Title X for preventative health care.

She said for many people the clinics are the only place where they can receive affordable health services such as disease testing.

Republican lawmakers are dead set on restricting and ultimately abolishing access to safe and legal abortion in the United States, and they just made progress toward that goal. And pro-choice advocates believe that the action Trump took Thursday is a unsafe one.

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