The U.S. House voted 228 to 188 Thursday to overturn President Obama’s mandate forcing states to fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. H.J. Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black, passed with bipartisan support, and would reverse Obama’s parting gift to the abortion industry.
When it was passed in the waning days of his presidency, media reports proclaimed that Obama had made a permanent law preventing states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Black’s measure, however, allows states to use family planning funds under Title X in ways that do not support groups committing abortion — like Planned Parenthood.
Speaker Paul Ryan notes that Black’s resolution may change that seemingly permanent rule due to the Congressional Review Act:
The Health and Human Services rule bans states from withholding Title X funds from organizations that perform abortions, like Planned Parenthood. Many states have distributed these funds, not to Planned Parenthood, but to effective community health centers that do not perform abortions. Ultimately, states know the needs of their communities better than bureaucrats in Washington. But this regulation strips states of their longstanding ability to decide how federal funds should be used in their state. This repeal would restore the proper balance of powers.
Black testified on February 14, 2017, before the House Rules Committee about her resolution, and she had strong words about the Obama edict:
As members of this committee may know, Title X has existed as a federal family planning grant program since 1970, and states have always had the freedom and flexibility to dole out those grants to the providers of their choice.
In my home state of Tennessee, for example, our Title X funding goes exclusively to the Tennessee Department of Health which then determines appropriate sub-grantees. These are made up primarily of county health departments.
We’ve been able to effectively use our share of Title X funding to provide women and families with the care they need, all while asserting our state’s right to steer these taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in Tennessee.
Now, under this eleventh hour Obama Administration rule – finalized after President Trump was elected and made enforceable just two days before he took office – Tennessee has lost that right.
Commenting on the lack of freedom Tennessee and other states have been given, despite their tenth amendment rights, Black notes that Washington, D.C., has usurped states’ rights. Those rights should be returned to them to make health care decisions for their own constituents, she says.
Isn't that there job constitutionally?
"...D.C., has usurped states’ rights."
Sure has, and it started a long time ago. With only LIMITED exceptions, the D.C. crowd should keep its fingers and nose OUT OF THE STATES! They have lots to do just to keep track of what is going on in the WORLD GENERALLY, without imposing their personal beliefs upon the people many miles from their Ivory Towers! We'll manage on our own. They should do what we hired them for, and it's not to micromanage the goings on at the State level!
I wish there was a way to close Planned Parenthood. That agency is criminal at best.
so glad we finally got control of the congress. so many good things happening now. Thank You God
There is a part of this story that no one talks about...............why do all of these black women (and others) get abortions? Because they use it as a means of birth control. They are promiscuous and are too lazy to prevent their pregnancies. The taxpayer will pay for their abortion so why should they worry.
If Planned Parenthood is all about women's health, how come NONE of them has a license for doing mammograms? That's a MAJOR women's health issues, and yet they offer NOTHING to detect it, or take action.
So Correct!. ...bet you won't hear that from the FAKE MEDIA!
Planned Parenthood needs to be a for profit org. instead of supported by Our tax $$$$
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