Trump signs law giving states more say in Planned Parenthood funding

Katrina Soto
April 14, 2017

The measure allows states to exclude Planned Parenthood and other women's health organizations that provide abortions at some of their clinics from receiving federal "Title X" money, which funds family planning services such as contraceptive counseling, pregnancy tests and STD testing.

Pro-life supporters, like those who came for the annual March for Life a week after President Donald Trump's inauguration, said that Title X family planning funds should be used for any women's health and contraceptive care - but not to fund abortion services.

Trump didn't have the guts to stand up before the American people and sign this unpopular legislation that only passed the Senate because Vice President Mike Pence voted to break the tie.

Trump didn't sign the bill in a public ceremony, but invited the heads of two of the largest anti-abortion groups in the country to join him for the signing.

The President has even said Ivanka Trump would be his guide on women's health issues.

CEO Bre Thomas said the partnership split that money between seven family planning entities previous year, including a little more than $2 million to Planned Parenthood Arizona.

States will once again be able to defund Planned Parenthood after President Trump overturned an 11th-hour Obama administration regulation protecting funding for the nation's biggest abortion provider.

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Republican Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa and Republican Representative Diane Black of Tennessee sponsored the legislation Trump signed Thursday, H.J. Res. 43, in part to limit funding to Planned Parenthood.

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser added that "prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue".

"There's a reason they could barely get enough votes to get this bill through a procedural step", said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at Planned Parenthood. The Texas Legislature already cut tens of millions of dollars in state family planning funding during the 2011 session, she said; now, they could lose these federal dollars, too.

"People are exhausted of mostly white, male politicians making decisions about our healthcare, rights or communities - without input", Planned Parenthood said in a statement.

She said women's "worst fears" are coming true. Days after being sworn in, he signed an executive order reinstating the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which blocks USA funding from going to any nongovernmental organization around the world that provides abortion counseling, even if the money is not used for abortion-related services.

The 100-year-old institution operates 661 clinics providing health services to 2.5 million patients every year, many of who are low income. That's why women are the core of the resistance and have been organizing and speaking out since the day after the election.

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