Trump Gives States OK to Defund Planned Parenthood

Gladys Abbott
April 21, 2017

Anthony President Marjorie Dannenfelser stood with Trump as he signed the bill.

Planned Parenthood has announced that it will grant former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a "Champion of the Century" award at a gala next month celebrating the organization's centennial anniversary.

Still, the apparent ambivalence toward - or even support of - Planned Parenthood among some in the Trump family did little to back it in practicality. Conservatives and groups that are pro-life lauded the move, while liberals are outraged by the decision. In 2015 alone, Title X funding helped health care centers across the country provide 800,000 Pap smear tests, 1 million breast exams, and 6 million STI tests. That law, Nelson said, redirects $2 million from the state Medicaid budget and $700,000 from the state's general fund to family planning services if it's withdrawn.

The law overturns a Department of Health and Human Services rule, which was implemented in the dog days of Obama's administration in a last-ditch effort to protect Planned Parenthood from losing funding under a Republican Congress and president.

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FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) - President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that allows states to withhold family planning funds to clinics that provide abortion, including Planned Parenthood. The first daughter met with president of Planned Parenthood shortly after her father was inaugurated in an attempt to better understand the group that is regularly targeted by Republicans.

Federal Title X dollars fund "family planning services", but technically not abortion.

The thing is, though, is that the Hyde Amendment already prevents Title X money, which now provides almost 4 million low-income Americans with important health care services like STD tests and treatments, cancer screenings, and yes, birth control, from going to abortions or abortion research anyway. States had been acting on their own to prohibit Title X funding to agencies performing abortions, until the Obama regulation.

"It is now law that states have the ability to withhold Title X money from abortion-providers, and it can not be changed by an executive order by any future president", he points out.

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