President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that would give states the flexibility to withhold federal family planning money from Planned Parenthood.
Unlike years past, Republicans finally have the pieces in place to strip away most of the taxpayer funding from the abortion behemoth.
Trump, who has had few opportunities to enact legislation during his first three months in office, signed the measure in private, quietly reversing an Obama administration regulation. The bill overturns a rule that prohibits states from refusing to distribute federal family-planning money to clinics simply because the facilities also perform abortions.
“Extremists in Congress are trying to make it easier for state politicians to block women from getting birth control and other preventive care,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a Jan. 31 statement. “For many of our patients, not being able to get care at a Planned Parenthood health center means that they don’t get care.”
Planned Parenthood clinics received $20.5 million of the $252.6 million distributed under the so-called Title X Family Planning grant program in the 2014 fiscal year, according to Health and Human Services Department figures.
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