Trump Rolls Back Obama Warning to States on Defunding Planned Parenthood

Anugrah Kumar – January 20, 2018

The Trump administration has announced that it’s revoking the Obama-era policy of restricting state governments from denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on the grounds that they are abortion providers.

Department of Health and Human Services under Obama issued the warning in 2016 when 24 states denied Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress exposed the abortion provider’s alleged business of selling aborted babies’ body parts.

The Trump administration rescinded the guidance Friday in a letter to state Medicaid directors, which said the guidance favored abortion providers, according to The Hill.

VP Mike Pence casts tie-breaking vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

– March 30, 2017

WASHINGTON– Republican legislation letting states deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers squeezed narrowly through the Senate Thursday, rescued by an ailing GOP senator who returned to the Capitol after back surgery and a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence.

In Congress’ latest clash mixing the politics of abortion, women’s health and states’ rights, Pence cast the decisive vote in a 51-50 roll call. The tally had been tied after two GOP senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, joined Democrats opposing the measure.

Senate approval sent the legislation to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it. The House voted its consent last month.

On Its Way Out, Obama Admin. Enacts Rule Preventing States from Defunding Planned Parenthood

Lauretta Brown – December 15, 2016

( – TheDepartment of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule Wednesday that would block states from defunding abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

The final version of the rule bans any recipient of Title X federal funding for family planning from excluding potential funding recipients “for reasons other than its ability to provide Title X services.”

HHS claimed that “In the past several years, a number of states have taken actions to restrict participation by certain types of providers as subrecipients in the Title X Program, unrelated to the provider’s ability to provide family planning services. This has caused limitations in the geographic distribution of services and decreased access to services.”

The rule was proposed in September and met opposition from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, who – in a comment submitted to HHS – emphasized that the “stated purpose of this proposed addition is to prevent states from excluding providers such as Planned Parenthood from subawards based on state criteria.”