Planned Parenthood president responds to defunding bill

Crucially, the new measure also does not keep abortion providers from receiving federal Medicaid reimbursements, a policy option often referred to as "defunding" Planned Parenthood.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a law reversing President Obama's last-minute attempt to force states to direct family planning funding to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that commit abortions.

Trump's action erases a rule, finalized shortly before President Barack Obama left office in January, that said states could not block the money.

Planned Parenthood League of MA described President Donald Trump's decision to withhold federal funding from organizations that perform abortions as the "worst political attack" on women's health in a generation.

What is clear is that the meeting with Planned Parenthood - and whatever information Trump took away from it - did not sway her father's administration, which has since targeted the organization. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple.

These clinics do not now receive Title X funding, says Alabama State Director of Planned Parenthood Southeast Katie Glenn. "Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health", Laguens said.

The bill passed Congress last month, but it had to get over a hurdle in the Senate, where Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.

More than a dozen states, including Arizona, have tried withholding funds from Planned Parenthood in recent years.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, and Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, attended the bill signing. "The Obama administration's rule emboldened abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, empowered federal bureaucrats, and silenced our states in the process", Ernst said in a statement. Many see it as a vein of cash for Planned Parenthood, which many Republican lawmakers have vowed to defund entirely. That marks 13 total resolutions signed by Trump under the 1996 Congressional Review Act (CRA); prior to 2017, the CRA had only been invoked successfully once before its establishment in 1996.

Roughly 40 percent of Planned Parenthood's operating budget - about $536 million - relies on federal dollars.

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