Massachusetts Planned Parenthood sees disregard for women's health

Alabama's Planned Parenthood chapters will not be affected by a potential withholding of federal funding authorized by President Donald Trump Thursday.

The law does away with a rule brought in by Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, that prevented states from withholding money distributed under a "Title X" program that funded Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortion.

Republicans have been talking for a while about pushing federal funds to non-abortion-providing community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood.

"The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are no forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars", Dannenfelser argued. "Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health", Laguens said.

March 30 Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding Senate vote to roll back Obama administration protections that would restrict states from allocating Title X funds on an ideological basis.

Already this year, GOP lawmakers have repealed about a dozen Obama-era regulations in this manner - including a broadband-privacy rule, a restriction on gun sales to the mentally ill, and an anti-corruption regulation on the oil industry. The rule from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) prevented states from blocking Title X funding to abortion companies like Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood also is the nation's largest abortion network - performing over a third of all abortions in the U.S. It receives more than half a billion dollars in federal funding each year.

Rep. Diane Black, R-TN, Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, and Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List were at the White House bill signing.

Abortion-rights advocates, however, warned that the funding measure would deny as many as 4 million Americans access to family planning services. 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. "It was signed into law by a Republican president", Richards said. A January 2017 Quinnipiac University poll found that voters opposed defunding Planned Parenthood by a 2-1 margin (31% favor, 62% oppose).