Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Trump Just Opened The Door To Defund Planned Parenthood

Marjorie Dannenfelser president of the Susan B. Anthony List right and Seema Verma administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services left listen as Penny Nance CEO of Concerned Women for America speaks with reporters outside the Whit Trump Just Opened The Door To Defund Planned Parenthood
Nellie Chapman | 21 April, 2017, 20:08

"This is promise kept", said the Susan B. Anthony List's Marjorie Dannenfelser, who attended the signing which was conducted without media present.

The law would specifically target institutions that help women and their families make informed decisions regarding their body and the life of their fetus.

The rule stipulated health providers offering those services would receive the funds regardless of whether they also perform abortions.

Some 67,293 people in MA rely on the program each year for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and other preventive care, according to Planned Parenthood.

Those federal grants, dispersed by the states, had to go to clinics that provided the "family-planning" services, HHS said, and could not be denied to any clinic that provided those services.

Similarly, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the Trump administration should build on Obama's order, "instead of enacting policies that take us backward".

The bill reverses a rule the Obama administration issued late previous year to protect funding for Planned Parenthood. The first daughter met with president of Planned Parenthood shortly after her father was inaugurated in an attempt to better understand the group that is regularly targeted by Republicans.

Currently, Kentucky is close to passing a bill reducing the family planning organization's access to federal funds. However, Title X funds, meant to ensure low-income women have access to family planning and related preventative health services, are distributed as grants to states who thus have more control over how these grants are distributed. The bill, which only barely passed the Senate last month after Mike Pence was brought in for a tie-breaking vote, repeals a law Obama put into place that prevented states from withholding Title X family-planning money from abortion providers.

As Julie Rovner notes for our Shots blog, Planned Parenthood obtains about $60 million annually from Title X, and in the group's most recent annual report, its affiliates received $553.7 million total from federal, state and local governments - or, about half its total funding. "This is just one more example of Donald Trump's White House and this Republican Congress taking every single opportunity to chip away at women's rights, and we won't stand for it".

Planned Parenthood will also honor Shonda Rhimes, the creator of ABC's Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder, with the "Champion of Change" award, "for revolutionizing the way women and issues of reproductive health - including safe, legal abortion - are portrayed on television".