Saturday, 29 April, 2017

Trump lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Wednesday
Howard Terry | 18 April, 2017, 01:30

Crucially, the new measure also does not keep abortion providers from receiving federal Medicaid reimbursements, a policy option often referred to as "defunding" Planned Parenthood.

What is clear is that the meeting with Planned Parenthood - and whatever information Trump took away from it - did not sway her father's administration, which has since targeted the organization.

"The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are no forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars", Dannenfelser argued.

In tweets after his health-care legislation stalled in Congress last month, Trump said Republican opponents of the bill had "saved" Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood clinics received $20.5 million of the $252.6 million distributed under the so-called Title X Family Planning grant program in the 2014 fiscal year, according to Health and Human Services Department figures.

It's a sign of the repeal measure's unpopularity that it nearly died before it could be passed - last month, Pence and GOP Senator Johnny Isakson (who was literally wheeled to and from the Senate chamber due to a recent back surgery) were called in to cast tie-breaking votes that allowed the measure to proceed.

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.

President Donald Trump has stirred controversy once again, this time introducing a bill that would eliminate funding for abortions.

Last week, Maryland lawmakers passed HB 1083, first-of-its-kind legislation that would guarantee funding in case federal support for Planned Parenthood is withdrawn.

Mr Trump signed an anti-abortion order in January flanked by seven men and no women.

"Instead of acting to create jobs for hard-working families, Republicans are focused on restricting millions of women's access to family planning and preventive care services", said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in a statement.

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

A mother and daughter attend Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's speech at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, U.S. June 10, 2016. However, they hope to achieve much more with this president and a Republican Congress.

In Arizona, more than 33,000 women rely on Planned Parenthood.

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