President Trump signed legislation on Thursday that will allow states to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Last month Vice President Mike Pence casts the tie-breaking vote. The bill also stops the support for federal funding abortions overseas. Those who helped the president be elected will cheer this move as another sign that Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do as president. Those who opposed President Trump will reel from the barrier now imposed on women and their reproductive rights. This is one of those issues we anticipate will generate much dialogue within “The Red-Blue Divide.”
This new legislation nullifies a rule completed in the last days of the Obama administration that barred state and local governments from withholding federal funding for services commonly provided by Planned Parenthood. The measure cleared Congress last month with Vice President, Mike Pence, casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate.
President Trump, with advice from his daughter Ivanka, has voiced support for the health-related services that Planned Parenthood provides. He has proposed preserving federal funding for Planned Parenthood if it would stop providing abortion services. The organization has declared that it would never accept such a deal. The president has stayed steadfast on his promise to restrict abortions. After just a few days in office, he signed an executive order reinstating the “Mexico City Policy,” which blocks the U.S. from funding any non-governmental organization around the world that provides abortion-related services.
President’s Trump’s stand has generated praise from conservatives. “Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group. “We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess,” Dannenfelser said. But there is equal disdain from those who stand for a women’s reproductive rights, “Despite repeated promises that he would protect and invest in women’s health, President Trump has once again shown that his words carry little weight,” said Heidi Williamson, the senior policy analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. “Trump’s actions are creating very real and damaging consequences for millions of women and their families, inflicting direct harm on already vulnerable communities,” Williamson said.
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Credit: New York Times