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. Planned Parenthood and the funding that it receives has become a rallying symbol for both sides of the abortion debate, though US law already prevents federal funds from paying specifically for abortions.
American Life League president Judie Brown stated: "President Trump is expressing the sentiment many of us feel about Planned Parenthood receiving our tax dollars to assault the souls and sensibilities of our children". "Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health", Laguens said.
Less than two hours later on Thursday, Trump signed a 13th measure abolishing a Labor Department regulation aimed at expanding retirement savings accounts.
Speaker Paul Ryan also applauded the signing: "This is a major pro-life victory". But their attempt to do so was a colossal failure, with the president openly declaring war on House Republicans who did not want to go along with his rushed and irresponsible "replacement" plan.
Childs-Roshak's statement was contained within a release that referenced how the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act would have made reproductive health care more expensive and less accessible for many women, along with similar recent legislative actions restricting access to family planning.
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"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue", SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote in a statement.
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. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of Title X funding.
Vice President Mike Pence had all but sealed the deal on March 30, when he cast the deciding vote both in a procedural vote and in the final vote landing the bill on Trump's desk. The rule prevented states from withholding those funds from qualified health centers for "reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services", the White House office of the Press Secretary wrote Thursday.
The 100-year-old institution operates 661 clinics providing health services to 2.5 million patients every year, many of who are low income. "The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars".