(via Fox Business)
President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday undoing an Obama-era regulation that prohibited states from withholding money from Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health clinics.
By undoing the law, the White House will allow states freedom to allocate funds to the health programs of their preference; in the case of some red states that will likely mean less funds for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
“H.J. Res 43 voids a regulation that forces states to use Title X money to fund Planned Parenthood. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement Thursday.
The federal government provided 43 percent, or more than $553 million, of Planned Parenthood’s funds during 2014-2015, according to the group’s most recent annual report.
The Trump administration’s resolution, which Speaker Ryan called “a major pro-life victory,” is considered part of a larger Republican-led effort to defund Planned Parenthood.
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