Trump Signs Bill Allowing States to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Under that bill, which lacked enough support for passage, Planned Parenthood would have lost federal funding for a year.

Trump has pledged to defund Planned Parenthood in the past, so it came as no surprise when he signed the bill into law.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that - with exceptions for cases of rape, incest or life-threatening situations - federal law already prohibits the use of federal tax money to pay for abortions.

Title X funds go toward services like cervical and breast cancer screenings, birth control, STI treatment and well-woman exams - not abortion, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, which bans any federal dollars from funding abortion services. "We are facing the worst political attack on women's health in a generation as lawmakers have spent the past three months trading away women's health and rights at every turn", said Laugens.

They were: CMS Administrator Seema Verma; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B.Anthony List; and Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America.

"Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple", Ryan said in a statement. "Now the states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics to help women and girls rather than killing innocent babies", said Staver.

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Planned Parenthood executive vice president Dawn Laguens called Trump's action the "latest example" of politicians making it harder for people to access healthcare.

"We won't stand for it", Schriock said. Can states refuse to take them? Basically, low-income women in red states are about to lose access to one more health provider.

The law once again raises questions about the power Ivanka Trump, the President's daughter and aide, actually wields inside the West Wing.

Thought Planned Parenthood was safe after the Obamacare replacement bill failed to pass last month? Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie, sending the bill to Trump's desk. "Title X-funded clinics play a vital role in our health care system, with over four million women receiving family planning and preventive care at these clinics each year".

That meant states couldn't stop the flow of money to clinics that provide abortions just because they provide abortions.

It was the second time on Thursday that Pence used his role as the chamber's president to end a deadlock.

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