Trump signs order to allow defunding of Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law on Thursday that would allow states to withhold federal money for family planning services, such as birth control, from Planned Parenthood clinics and other women's health centers.

By undoing the law, the White House will allow states freedom to allocate funds to the health programs of their preference; in the case of some red states that will likely mean less funds for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. The effect of the legislation also existed in Trump's failed rollback of the Affordable Care Act, which would have blocked federal funding for Planned Parenthood for as long as a year. Trump recently tried to cut a deal with Planned Parenthood, telling them they could keep their federal dollars if they stop performing abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, attended the bill signing.

The rule required that state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for services related to contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings to health providers, regardless of whether they perform abortions. In 2014 as Secretary of State, Clinton received the organization's "highest honor, the PPFA Margaret Sanger Award", for "her unwavering support of women's health and rights throughout her public service career".

Democratic Senator Patty Murray said last month that the bill was "cruel, and it would have [the] greatest impact on women and families who need it the most".

On Twitter, Planned Parenthood criticized Trump for signing the bill.

"This puts an end to the outgoing gift that Obama gave the Trump administration", Dannenfelser said.

"People are sick and exhausted of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example", Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.

"This Gala is a powerful reminder that Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years and will continue to be here for the people who rely on us, no matter what", Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richard said in a statement about the event. In the Senate, Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME joined the Democratic caucus in opposing the measure, triggering a tie.

  • Larry Hoffman