Trump reverses 11th-hour Obama move; signs bill to let states defund Planned Parenthood

Trump reverses 11th-hour Obama move; signs bill to let states defund Planned Parenthood
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States will once again be able to defund Planned Parenthood after President Trump overturned an 11th-hour Obama administration regulation protecting funding for the nation’s biggest abortion provider.

Trump signed into law on Thursday a bill reversing a Department of Health and Human Services regulation signed in December that prevented states from blocking funding for Planned Parenthood. Obama’s regulation reversed the policies of more than a dozen states that had prevented federal Medicaid dollars or other federal reimbursements from going to clinics that perform abortions.

Trump signed the legislation one month after he said that he would continue to direct taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood if it stopped performing abortions. The organization performs more than 300,000 abortions each year—about one-third of the national total. …

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards rejected that offer in March. Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said on Thursday that the law would hinder access to health care.

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