Trump allowing states to block some Planned Parenthood money
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 17:16
He was one of few Republicans running for president past year to praise the group for the health care it provides women.
The Obama-era rule barred states from blocking federal funding for family-planning services including birth control, fertility, pregnancy care and cancer screenings from health centers that also perform abortions.
The resolution overturns a Health and Human Services rule enacted by the Obama administration previous year that prevents states from defunding Planned Parenthood or other health providers for any reason other than the provider's lack of "ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner".
As Julie Rovner notes for our Shots blog, Planned Parenthood obtains about $60 million annually from Title X, and in the group's most recent annual report, its affiliates received $553.7 million total from federal, state and local governments - or, about half its total funding.
Planned Parenthood has slammed the legislation as a "dangerous" plan to restrict women's access to health care. Never mind that Planned Parenthood predominantly does abortions and does not provide mammograms and rarely provides prenatal care for women who are pregnant.
"Extremists in Congress are trying to make it easier for state politicians to block women from getting birth control and other preventive care", Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a January 31 statement.
"H.J. Res 43 voids a regulation that forces states to use Title X money to fund Planned Parenthood".
What they all could agree on, though, was gutting access to family planning for millions of Americans.
Pro-choice advocates, however, are ready to step in and prop up Planned Parenthood if necessary.
Trump's attitude toward Planned Parenthood is a bit more complicated. It's the latest Obama regulation that Trump has overturned. The passage of this law and its signing by the president demonstrate a real changing of the guard in DC. "I would defund it because I'm pro-life", Trump said during a CNN debate in February 2016, "but millions of women are helped by Planned Parenthood". The resolution used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Obama administration rule, enacted during the last days of the former president's term. She said the law "simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars". "We remain united and steadfast in our commitment to life and religious liberty".