House Votes to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

The House of Representatives voted this past Thursday to overturn a rule that was put in place by Obama that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood and any other health care providers that perform abortions.

The House voted 230-188 to undo Obama’s rule with Republicans voting 227-2 in favor and Democrats voting 186-2 against it.

This rule hasn’t been in affect for to long as Obama implemented the rule back in December of last year. The measure took affect just two days before President Trump’s inauguration.

According to The New York Times, the Obama Administration “began the rule-making in September after more than a dozen Republican-dominated states moved in recent years to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking clinics from receiving public money.”

The New York Times also reported that although Planned Parenthood affiliates are only  “10 percent of health care providers that receive Title X money” they treat about one-third of patients nationwide who get abortions.

“While I am unapologetically pro-life, you don’t have to be in order to support this resolution. You just have to believe in the 10th Amendment,” Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who introduced the resolution and is a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, said on the House floor Thursday. “With today’s resolution we’re not … voting to defund Planned Parenthood in any way, shape, or form. We are not voting to cut (family planning) funding. And we’re not voting to restrict abortion rights … we are simply voting today to affirm the rights of states to fund the health care providers that best suit their needs without fear of reprisal from their own federal government.”

If passed by the Senate and signed by the President it would mean that states would have the option to direct federal funds away from health care providers that perform abortion, including Planned Parenthood.

“According to its 2014-2015 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortion procedures in just one year. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion industry in this country. Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life,” wrote Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) in a op-ed for the Washington Examiner. 

With Donald Trump in the White House and a Republican led Congress there is no excuse for the United States to not overturn any law or policy that does not protect the lives of every American citizen, born or unborn.

 

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