By Margaret Farley Steele
FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that permits states to withhold family organizing funds to clinics that offer abortion, including Planned Parenthood.
The order overturns a regulation place into effect by President Barack Obama that mentioned states could not stop cash meant for loved ones preparing services, the Related Press reported.
Democrats and abortion rights advocates take into account the new law a blow to females.
The Trump administration is “enacting policies that take us backward,” mentioned Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
But anti-abortion activists and Republicans welcomed the law, saying states can redirect dollars to organizations that will not give abortions.
The new law “just guarantees that states are not forced to fund an abortion company with taxpayer dollars,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, told the AP.
Seema Verma, director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, was present at the signing in the Oval Office. She said Trump wants states to determine what is ideal for them, according to news reports.
Below the old law, federal funds couldn’t be used for abortion, per se, but have been permitted for providers of extensive overall health care — including contraception and pregnancy care — regardless of whether or not they also offered abortions.
This GOP victory comes right after House Republicans withdrew a bill last month that would have repealed Obama’s landmark wellness legislation, the Inexpensive Care Act. Under that bill, which lacked adequate support for passage, Planned Parenthood would have lost federal funding for a year.