Obama administration bars states from withholding federal funds for Planned Parenthood
In the waning days of the Obama presidency, the outgoing president’s administration finalized a regulation that will bar anti-choice state lawmakers from interfering with Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.
According to NBC, the new rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service keeps states from restricting federal funds to family planning providers for reasons “unrelated to the provider’s ability to provide family planning services.”
Planned Parenthood’s health centers are not specifically mentioned in the new rule, however they would be impacted as long as those funds are not used for providing abortions except in well-defined circumstances.
Prior to the incoming Trump administration, Republicans have repeatedly attacked Planned Parenthood, attempting to strip them of $500 million in federal funding used to pay for the treatment of millions of Americans in over 700 clinics.
Earlier this year, President-elect Trump defended Planned Parenthood in an interview saying, “They do some very good work,” saying he would continue federal funding as long as the abortion restrictions remained in place.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, praised the last second rule, saying, “President Obama has cemented his legacy as a champion for women’s health. This rule protects birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and other health care for millions of people.”