Senate to Vote on Overturning Obama’s Planned Parenthood Funding Rule

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Thursday on H.J. Res. 43 to overturn former President Obama’s rule concerning funding of abortion providers under the federal Title X family planning program, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following statement:

“At every turn, then-President Obama thwarted efforts by state and local authorities – who were acting on the will of the people – to prioritize taxpayer funding away from Big Abortion,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Obama’s legacy of forcing Americans to finance the abortion industry is being steadily dismantled by our new pro-life President and the pro-life Congress. We thank Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Sen. Joni Ernst for their leadership to advance H.J. Res. 43 on the Senate side. We look forward to swift passage of this resolution on Thursday so that it can receive President Trump’s signature. Planned Parenthood, which performed 323,999 abortions in a single year according to their latest annual report, does not need or deserve taxpayer dollars.”

The Title X rule, issued shortly before President Obama left the White House, forbids states from defunding abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion business, and redirecting those family planning grants to comprehensive health care clinics.

Last fall, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List, and Charlotte Lozier Institute filed comments with HHS opposing the rule.

A January 2017 poll found that a majority of voters in 2018 Senate battleground states oppose giving tax dollars to Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, instead of comprehensive healthcare providers. A majority in North Dakota, Montana, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Florida also said they would be less likely to vote for Senators who vote to keep sending tax dollars to the abortion giant.

President Donald Trump has committed to reallocating Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to a variety of comprehensive, whole-woman health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities at least 20 to 1 nationwide.

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