President Donald Trump is keeping another promise, On Thursday, he signed legislation that allows states to withhold funding from clinics that provide abortion services.
While there is already a federal law in place prohibiting federal money from being used specifically for abortions, this rule lets the state and local governments decide which family planning organizations to give money to.
“President Trump is delivering on his promise to give states the flexibility that they need to make health care decisions that best meet their citizens’ unique needs," said Verma after the singing ceremony.
Advocates of the pro-life movement see this as a big victory.
“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,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List president, which sponsored the bill. “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.”
“People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “We should build on the tremendous progress made in this country with expanded access to birth control, instead of enacting policies that take us backward. Too many women still face barriers to health care, especially young women, women of color, those who live in rural areas, and women with low incomes.”Another pro-choicer filmmaker Michael Moore slammed the president's move by tweeting "Trump signs vicious order letting states defund ALL Planned Parenthood services. No word on whether he popped a Tic Tac in his mouth first."