Trump Revokes Obama's Parting Gift to Planned Parenthood
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 16:16
Last month Vice President Mike Pence delivered the tie-breaking Senate vote to send the bill to Trump after two Republican senators, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, voted with Democrats to keep the original measure.
Title X of the Public Health Services Act was passed by Congress in 1970 to control population growth by distributing contraceptives to low-income families.
In December, President Barack Obama's Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule that states could not deny federal funds to health clinics simply on the grounds that they provided abortions. This vote will roll back these protections, leaving the many Idahoans who rely on Planned Parenthood for family planning services vulnerable.
Republicans have been talking for a while about pushing federal funds to non-abortion-providing community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood.
Now states have the freedom to spend their Title X money on comprehensive health clinics that better serve all women's needs, like pre-natal care, which a recent investigation revealed is almost impossible to receive at Planned Parenthood clinics.
President Obama's law meant to protect funding for reproductive health centers, like Planned Parenthood, through Title X-the only federal grant program dedicated to providing family planning and preventive health services. In particular, lawmakers in Republican-led states were reacting to a series of undercover videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.
"Surrounded by women", Holt continued, the president "privately signed a bill that allows states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services".
Trump did not issue a statement Thursday, though the White House announced that he had signed the bill.
"This is insane. The national family planning program is the program through which millions of women get their access to basic family planning".
"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", she said.
However, pro-choice activists say it's an attack on women's health.
The measure overturned a previous bill, signed by President Obama, that made it illegal for states to block Title X funding to clinics for political reasons.
Four million people with low incomes rely on Title X for preventative health care.
There's a odd twist to all of this: Title X money doesn't fund abortion.