Planned Parenthood Targeted in New Legislation Signed By Trump

Some states have already reaffirmed their commitment to Planned Parenthood, maintaining they will continue fund the clinics even if Congress won't.

The Obama-era rule barred states from blocking federal funding for family-planning services including birth control, fertility, pregnancy care and cancer screenings from health centers that also perform abortions. The rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood.

This pro-life victory followed the failure of President Trump's first bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, the American Health Care Act (AHCA).

President Obama's law meant to protect funding for reproductive health centers, like Planned Parenthood, through Title X-the only federal grant program dedicated to providing family planning and preventive health services.

"Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being".

Seema Verma, who oversees Medicare and Medicaid, said after Trump signed the bill in the Oval Office that the administration wants states to decide what's best for them and the people they serve.

At 11:49 a.m., after the President signed H.J. Res. 43, which allows states to withhold federal funds from facilities that provide abortion services, three attendees of the closed-press signing appeared at the stakeout for brief statements.

And for a president fond of spectacle, the signing was unusually private, with no media present. This could take away tens of millions in funding from family-planning groups like Planned Parenthood.

The pro-abortion group said that the objective of the meeting was "to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded", said Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens, as quoted by Politico.

"We have seen that a needy woman is not able to get real care at Planned Parenthood".

Pro-life leaders applauded President Donald Trump for signing a repeal of what they called President Obama's "parting gift to the abortion industry". It squeaked through the Senate on March 30, when Vice President Mike Pence rushed to cast a tie-breaking vote. "Too many women still face barriers to health care, especially young women, women of color, those who live in rural areas, and women with low incomes".

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