Trump signs measure allowing states to block some Planned Parenthood money

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As previously reported on The Root, Trump signed legislation on Thursday that erases former President Barack Obama's rule that blocked states from withholding federal Title X funding from women's organizations that perform abortions, including Planned Parenthood.

Trump's signature reverses an Obama-era rule that blocked states from interfering with federal dollars to Planned Parenthood because most of the money supports women's health and family planning services unrelated to abortion.

Dawn Laguens, PPFA's executive vice president, criticized the law, saying, "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".

Defunding Planned Parenthood has been a Republican dream for quite some time, as they clearly associate the provider with the cold-hearted liberal lust for baby blood that is apparently gripping our nation.


In January, Trump signed an executive memorandum reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which prohibits US funding to worldwide family planning groups that promote or pay for abortions.

Republicans said their stance "upholds states' rights".

"Too many people face barriers to health care - especially young people, people of color, those who live in rural areas, and people with low incomes - for such blatant attacks on reproductive health", Planned Parenthood Action Fund wrote in a post about today's legislation. In the last six years, at least 13 states that use Title X grants have approved limitations that would keep abortion providers from participating in them, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report.

The resolution permits the withholding of taxpayer dollars from federal family planning programs which funnel the money to clinics which offer abortion services to patients. It squeaked through the Senate on March 30, when Vice President Mike Pence rushed to cast a tie-breaking vote.


Though organizations like Planned Parenthood are prohibited from using Title X funds to carry out abortions, anti-abortion advocates argue federal funding given to Planned Parenthood and other groups allows abortion providers to free up non-federal funds to provide more abortions.

Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood's executive vice president, on Thursday called Trump's move the "latest example" of politicians making it harder for women to get healthcare.

"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion group, who attended the closed-door bill signing at the White House on Thursday.

She said women's "worst fears" are coming true.


Those funds are used to provide low-income people with affordable family-related healthcare services, which include, but are not limited to, regular gynecological care, birth control and pregnancy testing. Mostly women, but some men also, all there to fight for the organization.

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