“We are hopeful this bill is a step towards ultimately defunding the nation’s abortion giant.”
In a dramatic pro-life victory, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to allow states to decide whether or not to fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers with federal dollars. The 229-188 vote effectively repeals an Obama administration rule from December.
“As a registered nurse, I know that vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood,” Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who introduced the resolution, stated before its Feb. 16 passage.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule in December that states cannot deny federal Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood simply because they perform abortions.
States could deny funding only to clinics that did not provide the services for which Title X funds are meant, according to the Obama administration ruling. Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, called the rule a “parting gift to the abortion industry.” Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called the Obama HHS regulation a “backdoor handout for the abortion industry.”
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