WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed legislation that lets states withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
Trump's action erases a rule that was finalized shortly before President Barack Obama left office in January. It's the latest Obama-era regulation that Trump's overturned.
Trump signed the measure Thursday behind closed doors in the Oval Office.
The measure narrowly cleared the Senate last month. It took votes by an ailing Republican senator who was recovering from back surgery, and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence — serving as president of the Senate.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s action earlier today does not defund Planned Parenthood. That is a separate issue,” said Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of PPINK. “However, this latest move will no doubt further motivate states; efforts to block access to health care through Title X, both at PPINK health centers and independent clinics. Those efforts have already failed in various courts because they are unconstitutional.”
Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement:
“Today is at victory for pro-life policy and for the majority of Americans who agree tax dollars should not fund abortions. I commend President Trump for standing with Congress and states, and signing H.J. Res 43 into law. I will always fight for policies that defend life.”
Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) issued the following statement:
“President Trump did a great thing today by signing this important pro-life resolution into law. This bill overturns a politically-motivated Obama Administration requirement and gives states the right to choose the entities they decide are most fit for federal Title X funds. I will continue to fight to redirect additional taxpayer dollars away from Planned Parenthood.”