On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a law that would cut off federal funding for groups that perform abortions. This would effectively cut off all the money that Planned Parenthood has been getting from the government.
Liberals are up in arms about this new rule because they feel it curbs the reproductive rights of women. This is a complete change from the rules put into place by the Obama Administration, which made it impossible for the government to not give money to organizations that provide health care and contraception to the public.
Restricting the murder of children was always a priority for President Trump. One of his first actions in office was prevent the United States from giving funding to any outside sources for abortion counseling.
Conservatives have praised Mr. Trump for his anti-abortion moves.
“Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, who attended the closed-door bill signing at the White House on Thursday. “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.”
Abortion rights activists condemned the action, arguing that it would harm women’s health.
“Despite repeated promises that he would protect and invest in women’s health, President Trump has once again shown that his words carry little weight,” said Heidi Williamson, the senior policy analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress. “Trump’s actions are creating very real and damaging consequences for millions of women and their families, inflicting direct harm on already vulnerable communities.”