[Video: courtesy of the Washington Examiner]
Additionally, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “The resolution signed today simply ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with Title X taxpayer dollars. Rather, states have the option to spend money on comprehensive, healthcare clinics that better serve women and girls.”
While Planned Parenthood is the US’s leading organization for abortions, its secondary services avail birth-control devices, HIV and pregnancy testing, and cancer tests—federal family-planning grants go toward all of it. However, when it comes to abortion in general, federal spending cannot legally cover this.
Amid disendowment efforts, pro-lifers’ and legislators’ stance is to prevent the organization from relocating federal-endowment money to abortions.
However, Planned Parenthood released a statement emphasizing their staunch opposition to losing the funds. “People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access healthcare, and this bill is just the latest example,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America Executive Vice-President Dawn Laguens declared. “Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family-planning program. Four million people depend on the Title X family-planning program; and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.”
It was a close-shave pass through Congress for this new bill. While President Trump has executive power to quash Obama-outfit laws, Title X mandates both House and Senate to agree on resolution of disapproval—plus the president’s John Hancock. It was Vice President Mike Pence who brought the bill “home.”
Pro-lifers celebrated the bill as one of two wins in a single week—re: US Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive, healthcare alternatives is a winning issue,” Dannenfelser said while present for the signing. “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.”
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema VErma jumped on the celebratory bandwagon. “I think the president’s signature today is an important step, and it shows that the president is keeping his campaign promises,” she said. “This shows that we want states to be in charge of their own decision making.”
Along with Dannenfelser, Concerned Women for America CEO Penny Nance was present at the bill’s confirmation.