GOP bill would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood

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Congressional leaders are aiming to reverse an Obama administration regulation that blocks states from withholding federal family-planning dollars from Planned Parenthood affiliates and other health centers that provide abortions. Doing so doesn't reduce family-planning grants, they argue.

"Robin Chappelle Golston has the knowledge, strength, and savvy needed as we head into a new chapter in our advocacy for the health and rights of New Yorkers", said Kim Atkins, Board Chair, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts in the same public statement.

"As a registered nurse, I know that vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood", Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who introduced the resolution, stated before its February 16 passage.

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But some members of the moderate Republican Tuesday Group caucus were concerned about the measure, according to the group's co-chairman, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.

This weekend, America spoke out and asked the 115th Congress to reroute taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood, including Planned Parenthood of the North Country, Plattsburgh, to comprehensive health care centers.

"While I am unapologetically pro-life, you don't have to be in order to support this resolution". He anxious that it would defund other women's health services, rather than abortion.

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"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", Ms. Dannenfelser said in a statement "We look forward to swift passage of this resolution in the Senate so that it can receive President Trump's signature". House Joint Resolution 43 provides for congressional disapproval on the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with Title X requirements.

"Politicians shouldn't be making decisions about women's health for them, and states shouldn't be either", Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) said, adding, "It's high time we recognize that women can make decisions for themselves". Congress has investigated Planned Parenthood's involvement in harvesting and selling fetal tissue.

Services including pregnancy tests, cancer and sexually transmitted disease screenings and contraceptive services are provided to low-income people at no cost or reduced cost.

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