Republicans successfully pushed a bill through congress that allows states to withhold federal money from organization that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood. Today Trump signed the bill into law,
Socially conservative republicans have long disliked Planned Parenthood and the desire to defund the organization is deep. Conservatives have argued that Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill when the reality is that abortion is a small percentage (3%) of the services provided by the organization.
Giving states the right to withhold federal monies that will result in many women not getting the services they need because a small percentage is abortion services can only be classified as a war on women. Republicans and Evangelicals base their opposition to abortion and Planned Parenthood on religious grounds.
Trump, in signing this bill into law, has signaled conclusively his support for the republican backed war on women’s health.
Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump privately signed a bill on Thursday that allows states to withhold federal money from organizations that provide abortion services, including Planned Parenthood, a group frequently targeted by Republicans.
The bill, which the usually camera-friendly President signed without any media present, reverses an Obama-era regulation that prohibited states from withholding money from facilities that perform abortions, arguing that many of these facilities also provide other family planning and medical services.
The bulk of federal money Planned Parenthood receives, though, goes toward preventive health care, birth control, pregnancy tests and other women’s health services. Federal law prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding abortions and Planned Parenthood says 3% of the services it provides are abortions.The signing comes weeks after Vice President Mike Pence, a social conservative who regularly touts his anti-abortion stances, cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate after two Republicans opposed the measure.“(Women’s) 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,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement.