In a victory for pro-life advocates, President Donald Trump signed a resolution on Thursday that would give states greater rights to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, undoing a rule ushered in by former President Barack Obama in the process.
H.J. Res. 43, which Trump signed during a ceremony that was closed to the press, gives states the option to withhold Title X family planning grants from facilities that offer abortions.
“Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive healthcare alternatives is a winning issue,” said Susan B. Anthony president Marjorie Dannenfelser, who was one of a handful of prominent women who were invited to the signing ceremony.
“We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life healthcare reform after the spring break recess,” she added.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma echoed the sentiments, noting that H.J. Res. 43 represents yet another incident of Trump making good on his campaign promises.
Planned Parenthood took to Twitter to blast the president’s decision: “BREAKING: Trump signs bill undoing protections for 4 million people getting care through #TitleX,” the controversial organization, adding the hashtag #HandsOffMyBC (birth control).
H.J. Res. 43 was introduced by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who argued on the floor of the House that it would “affirm the right of states to fund the healthcare providers that best suit their needs, without fear of reprisal from their own federal government.”
The measure was picked up by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) in the Senate and narrowly passed through after Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote back in March to send it to Trump’s desk.