Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Donald Trump allows states to defund planned parenthood

Donald Trump allows states to defund planned parenthood

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, said the act signed by Trump Thursday was aimed at "abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood". Rather, it allows states to withhold federal funds to any organization that provides services affecting contraception, sexually transmitted infections, fertility, pregnancy care, and that provide breast and cervical cancer screenings, according to the New York Times. A spokesman for Gov. Dayton says, "The Governor opposes any new law restricting a woman's right to make her own medical decisions".

Most resolutions killing recent Obama-era regulations have sailed through the Republican-controlled Congress. In March, the president dangled $550 million over Planned Parenthood's head if the clinic agreed to stop performing abortions.

Petitions in support of Planned Parenthood have been delivered to assorted state houses.

But given the rhetoric surrounding Planned Parenthood in Congress, this effort isn't all that surprising. Women may have the legal right to an abortion, but equal access is a whole other story.

Not all Planned Parenthood facilities or health clinics take Title X money, but some agencies use it to offset the cost of providing free or low-priced services to patients who would not otherwise be able to afford such care. about 1.5 million Planned Parenthood patients benefit from Title X funds, according to the group. The new law passed only after Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to break a tie vote.

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She said the law "simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars".

The resolution allows states to withhold federal family planning grants from organizations that provide abortion services, like Planned Parenthood. The publication later noted that "since Title X money is distributed through grants to states, they have the power to set criteria for recipients". Emergency room visits are very expensive, and if the woman can not pay, then the bill will be paid by Medicaid, at a cost much higher than a preventative visit or routine check-up. It forbids the use of federal funds to pay for abortions with limited exceptions, such as rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.

Despite the president's action, supporters of Planned Parenthood are still celebrating the GOP's failure to pass a replacement for the ACA.

That's because Kansas barred Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X family planning funds several years ago - a move later upheld by a federal appeals court. Abortions account for only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood. Instead, it gives states the ability to refuse to reimburse the organization from the Title X family grant program and/or Medicaid.

Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's executive vice president, has condemned the legislation in the strongest terms.

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