April 13, 2017 By Melanie Arter
(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump on Thursday signed H.J. Res. 43, a resolution that overturns President Barack Obama’s regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, under Title X.
“This resolution that he signed today overturns a regulation that was put in place by the previous administration on their way out the door that would have taken away the right of states to set their own policies and priorities for Title 10 family-planning programs,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday.
H.J. Res. 43 brings the total number of Congressional Review Act legislation pieces that the president has signed to 13, Spicer said.
Pro-life groups praised the president’s decision.
“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,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement ahead of the signing Thursday.
“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,” said Dannenfelser who was present at the signing.
“We thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, who cast the tie breaking vote last month, as well as the women who led this effort in Congress, Rep. Diane Black and Sen. Joni Ernst,” Dannenfelser said.
“Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue. We expect 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,” she added.
“President Trump is expressing the sentiment many of us feel about Planned Parenthood receiving our tax dollars to assault the souls and sensibilities of our children. We are grateful that the Title X bill the president signed today finally allows states to withhold Title X funds from abortion providers,” American Life League President Judie Brown said in a statement.
“Our supporters contacted their members of Congress asking them to vote yes as this bill made its way through the House and the Senate. This law will undo an Obama era regulation and return to states the ability to withhold Title X money from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The passage of this law and its signing by the president demonstrate a real changing of the guard in DC. We look forward to many more victories for the babies,” Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League and founder of STOPP (Stop Planned Parenthood International), said in a statement.
Planned Parenthood condemned Trump for signing the resolution but clarified that H.J. Res. 43 “does not ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood.”
“That is a separate issue. However, this latest move could embolden states to try to block access to health care through Title X, both at Planned Parenthood health centers and independent clinics. These types of actions are already illegal, as a court in Florida found just this past summer,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America said in a statement Thursday.
“People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example. Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family planning program. Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being,” Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement.
“We should build on the tremendous progress made in this country with expanded access to birth control, instead of enacting policies that take us backward. Too many women still face barriers to health care, especially young women, women of color, those who live in rural areas, and women with low incomes,” Laguens said.
She said women’s “worst fears” are coming true.
“Women marched in historic numbers the day after the inauguration because they feared the worst. Their worst fears are now coming true. We are facing the worst political attack on women’s health in a generation as lawmakers have spent the past three months trading away women’s health and rights at every turn,” Languens said.
“That’s why women are the core of the resistance and have have been organizing and speaking out since the day after the election. They know speaking up and speaking out can change the direction of this government,” she added.
“The legislation signed by President Trump today marks yet another regressive decision by men in Washington aimed at restricting a woman’s fundamental right to make her own reproductive health choices,” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a statement.
“No health care provider should have to choose between providing basic reproductive health care and other vital public health services,” he said. “I was proud to lead a coalition of Attorneys General in filing an amicus brief against the Ohio state law that would defund Planned Parenthood and other health care providers. And I will continue to do all I can to protect women’s fundamental reproductive rights, no matter what happens in Washington,” Schneiderman said.