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Trump signs resolution allowing US states to block family planning funds

Cris De Lacerda | 15 Abril, 2017, 08:31

President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that is created to give states the authority to withhold federal funds to organizations that provide certain medical services for women.

It's official. Today Donald Trump signed into law a bill that would allow states to stop allocating money to health care providers that perform abortions.

Seema Verma, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, was present at the signing in the Oval Office. This was Pence's second time breaking a tie in the Senate, after he cast the deciding vote for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

President Donald Trump made it easier to block money from Planned Parenthood and the president of the organization isn't happy about it.

Still, the apparent ambivalence toward - or even support of - Planned Parenthood among some in the Trump family did little to back it in practicality.

While the bill does not defund Planned Parenthood directly, it is part of a wider GOP attack on the women's health provider - and will likely encourage further efforts to cut federal funding off from Planned Parenthood.

Republicans in Congress and legislatures around the country have targeted Planned Parenthood because its network is the largest provider of abortions, although about half of its affiliates do not perform them.

In January, he reinstated and expanded the global gag rule, meaning a wide range of health organisations combating HIV or the spread of Zika will be banned from all U.S. global health funding if they also provide counselling, referrals, or services for safe and legal abortion. He overturned Barack Obama's rule protecting the family planning provider.

"It's a pro-life measure because it allows people's desire not to see abortion providers given taxpayer funding to be expressed through policy and after all, we cherish our democracy and the taxpayers ought to have a say in where the money goes", Scheidler said on Thursday.

On Friday, Maryland legislators - without the signature of Gov. Larry Hogan - passed a law that requires the state to reimburse Planned Parenthood of any funds denied to it by the federal government, effectively making the funding of Planned Parenthood law. The law was one of the last Obama signed, in a move to protect places like Planned Parenthood from being defunded.

There's a odd twist to all of this: Title X money doesn't fund abortion. The passage of this law and its signing by the president demonstrate a real changing of the guard in DC.

"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List.