Trump Signs Law to Cut Funding for Abortion Providers: Here’s Who It’ll Impact
In a move cheered by conservatives, President Trump signed legislation on Thursday to reverse a rule signed by President Barack Obama that prevented states from denying federal funding from health centers — such as Planned Parenthood — that also provide abortion care.
The dollars in question come from Title X — the federal family planning program — which is jointly funded by states and the federal government and provides contraception counseling, contraception prescribing, and preventative reproductive and sexual health services, including testing for sexually transmitted infections and cancer screenings.
The Obama-era rule was signed to ensure that these funds go to the best family planning providers, and not to providers that meet a specific set of political criteria.
Over the past year, courts throughout the country and the federal government have made it clear to states seeking to eliminate Planned Parenthood and other independent health centers that provide abortion care as Medicaid or Title X providers that doing so is illegal. Per federal law, the only kinds of standards that states may enforce on providers to participate in these programs have to do with a provider’s ability to perform covered services.