Trump signs law giving states more say in Planned Parenthood funding

Apr 15, 2017, 01:11

"Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump's willingness to undermine millions of women's access to birth control through the Title X family planning program", said Laguens.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser will be at the bill signing and talked with about it.

In this case it was an Obama administration rule, enacted in December, that prohibited states from denying funds to any entity that was capable of providing the family planning services funded by Title X.

In a signing ceremony that was closed to the press, Trump signed the resolution permitting states to withhold federal funding from facilities that provide abortions.

That's because Kansas barred Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X family planning funds several years ago - a move later upheld by a federal appeals court.

"We saw people lose care, not connect to another provider and essentially we saw an increase in unplanned pregnancy and Medicaid births", Geoffray said of the last big round of cuts. We thank Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and Sen.

Calling HJ Res 43's enactment an "encouraging step from the Trump administration", Scheidler said the president's latest move should clear up any confusion on whether or not the president is genuinely pro-life. She expects "to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess".

Thanks to the Hyde amendment, it can be extremely hard for low-income women to find the means to pay for an abortion, because they typically can't seek federal funds to help cover the cost.

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President Donald Trump campaigned on a pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, which brought protesters like these to the Women's March on Washington a day after his inauguration. She thinks women still need to overcome the stigma of talking about reproductive health, a taboo that she says keeps women from talking to each other about these issues or seeking professional help.

Title X provides federal family planning funds to grantees in each state, which then allocate the funds to providers in their states.

Obama signed the bill into law after 12 states tried to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards rejected that offer in March.

Recent news from upstate Louisiana and from Washington, D.C. suggests an ever-more fraught environment for abortion rights advocates and women who require abortion services.

Still, the apparent ambivalence toward - or even support of - Planned Parenthood among some in the Trump family did little to back it in practicality. Without access to dedicated service providers like Planned Parenthood, it is possible women may turn to other modes of healthcare, such as emergency rooms. Instead, it bars states from basing the selection of a recipient organization on anything other than "its ability to provide Title X services".

The bill signed today does not directly end Planned Parenthood's funding.