Trump signs bill to deny Title X funding to Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump signed a bill last month to deny Title X funding to Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization that operates 700bwomen’s health clinics nationwide, said H.J. Res. 43 would “embolden states to try to block access to health care through Title X” funding. According to Planned Parenthood, as many as 4 million patients, many of whom have low-income or live in rural areas, could be adversely impacted by the law.

“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,” said Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “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.”

Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, praised Trump for signing the bill.

“I think the president’s signature today is an important step that shows that the president is keeping his campaign promises. This is an important step that the administration is making that we’re continuing to demonstrate and show that we want states to be in charge of the decision-makings, so that they can determine what works best for them and for the citizens that they serve,” said Verma.

H.J. Res. 43 passed the House with a 230 to 188 vote and was approved by the Senate with a 51 to 50 vote; Vice President Mike Pence casted the tie-breaking vote.

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