Trump Just Signed Women’s Freedom Away With Latest Bill
Donald Trump’s latest executive action took place on Thursday when he signed a bill to reject an Obama-era rule that blocked states from defunding healthcare providers for political reasons.
The bill had passed the Senate last month after Vice President Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote. Many Democrats has said that the bill is an effort to defund planned parenthood.
The old rule, signed by Obama during his final months in office, required that both state and local governments distribute federal Title X funding for multiple women’s health services like contraception, fertility, pregnancy care and cervical cancer screenings, even if they also perform abortions.
Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement that Trump’s action is the “latest example” of politicians making it harder for people to access healthcare.
“Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family planning program,” she said.
“Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.”
Republicans have argued that reversing the Obama-era rule will allow states to decide how they want to distribute Title X funding.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, attended the bill signing.
“Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.
“We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess.”