President Donald Trump on Wednesday reversed a pro-choice rule that was passed by former President Barack Obama.
The bill took advantage of the formerly little-used Congressional Review Act and required a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. In doing so, Trump reversed a law passed by Obama that allowed federal funds to be used for family planning clinics that provided abortions, something that should be illegal.
“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,” stated Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. “We expect to see Congress continue its efforts to redirect additional taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood through pro-life health care reform after the spring recess.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan called the reversal “a major pro-life victory.”
“Taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion, plain and simple,” he said in a statement. “We remain united and steadfast in our commitment to life and religious liberty.”
Planned Parenthood criticized the decision, saying that it would directly impact women’s healthcare.
“Planned Parenthood strongly opposes President Trump’s willingness to undermine millions of women’s access to birth control through the Title X family planning program,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said, according to The Hill. “Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being.”
Are we surprised that Planned Parenthood is whining? It’s very simple, if you want more funding, stop providing abortions.