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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trump Gives States The Okay To Defund Planned Parenthood. He overturned Barack Obama’s rule protecting the family planning provider. | The Huffington Post

#ManchurianPresident This is pure evil.  Trump is just playing politics with women's lives which impacts all of us. "WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump signed a resolution on Thursday that will allow states to withhold Title X family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

The resolution overturns a Health and Human Services rule enacted by the Obama administration last 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.”

Now, states can withhold federal family planning grants from providers because they offer abortion, even though the longstanding Hyde Amendment prevents any federal money from being used to pay for abortion.

The Senate narrowly passed the resolution at the end of March after Vice President Mike Pence was summoned to break a tie vote. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), broke with their party and opposed the measure.

“If you’re serious about trying to reduce the number of abortions,” Collins said after the vote, “the best way to do that is to make family planning more widely available.”

The Title X federal family planning program, established by President Richard Nixon in 1970, subsidizes contraception, Pap smears and other preventative health care services for 4 million low-income Americans, roughly half of whom are uninsured. Planned Parenthood uses the $70 million it receives in Title X grants a year to serve 1.5 million patients ― about one-third of the patients in the program.

No Title X money can be used for abortion ― women who seek the procedure at Planned Parenthood must pay out of pocket ― but most Republicans are still opposed to granting public dollars to the organization.

“Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion industry in this country,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), the sponsors of the House and Senate resolutions, wrote in a joint op-ed for the Washington Examiner. “Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life.”

Trump’s attitude toward Planned Parenthood is a bit more complicated. His daughter, Ivanka, reportedly supports the organization, and he expressed conflicting views about it during his presidential campaign. “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.”

Trump Gives States The Okay To Defund Planned Parenthood | The Huffington Post

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