Abortion , Congressional Review Act , Donald Trump , Marjorie
Dannenfelser , Planned Parenthood , Title X
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump
signed a law today overturning a last-minute Obama-era regulation forcing
states to fund Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion business.
The regulation, which pro-life groups call former President Obama's "parting
gift" to the abortion industry, forced states to give Title X money to
organizations that commit abortions. Now, states – if they wish – will be able
to withold Title X money from abortion-committing organizations, instead
prioritizing non-abortion businesses.
Federal Title X dollars fund "family planning services," but technically not
abortion. However, government money Planned Parenthood receives helps
the abortion-centered organization overall. This money is fungible, pro-life
The U.S. House voted 230 to 188 to overturn this regulation on February
16. The U.S. Senate voted 50-50 on it on March 13. Vice President Mike
Pence broke the tie, sending the bill to Trump's desk.
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.
"This week the pro-life movement had two huge victories: first, the swearing-
in of Justice Gorsuch and now, President Trump will undo former President
Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry," said Dannenfelser. "The
resolution signed today simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an
abortion business with taxpayer dollars. Rather, states have the option to
spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve
women and girls."
"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive
health care alternatives is a winning issue," said Dannenfelser. She thanked
"the women who led this effort in Congress, Rep. Diane Black and Sen. Joni
Ernst," as well as Trump and Pence. She expects "to see Congress continue
its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned
Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess."
Trump signs law allowing
states to defund Planned