AL Planned Parenthood won't be affected by withholding of federal funds

Away from the cameras, President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill Thursday that allows states to withhold federal funds from organizations that provide abortion services.

"Surrounded by women", Holt continued, the president "privately signed a bill that allows states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services".

"This week the pro-life movement had two huge victories: first, the swearing-in of Justice Gorsuch, and now, President Trump will undo former president Obama's parting gift to the abortion industry", Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement.

As Julie Rovner notes for our Shots blog, Planned Parenthood obtains about $60 million annually from Title X, and in the group's most recent annual report, its affiliates received $553.7 million total from federal, state and local governments - or, about half its total funding.

Vice President Mike Pence, in his constitutional role as president of the Senate, cast the tiebreaking vote.

Democrats say the legislation, which Trump signed in the Oval Office without media present, is aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood. Think again. Today, President Trump signed a measure that could potentiallystrip Title X fundsfrom the women who need them.

But, pro-life advocates view the national measure as move in the right direction. (It is already illegal to use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or medical emergency.) But its impact could still be enormous, abortion rights groups say.

"People are sick and exhausted of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example", she said. "Trump's actions are creating very real and damaging consequences for millions of women and their families, inflicting direct harm on already vulnerable communities".

Title X funds go toward services like cervical and breast cancer screenings, birth control, STI treatment and well-woman exams - not abortion, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, which bans any federal dollars from funding abortion services.

Planned Parenthood condemned the new law.

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