Trump lets states block some Planned Parenthood money

Anti-abortion activists cheered the move as a way to return some measure of discretion to states, which will now have the latitude they once did in deciding how to mete out Title X funds.

It has been illegal for federal dollars to be spent on abortions since the Hyde Amendment was enacted 41 years ago - federal dollars at Planned Parenthood go toward preventative health care, birth control, pregnancy tests, cancer screenings and other women's health services.

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution that will allow US states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners. CMS spokeswoman Jane Norris said in an email, "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".

"Four million people depend on the Title X family planning program, and by signing this bill, President Trump disregards their health and well-being", Planner Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said in a statement condemning the signing.

Less than two hours later on Thursday, Trump signed a 13th measure abolishing a Labor Department regulation aimed at expanding retirement savings accounts.

Former President Barack Obama signed a law in the final days of his presidency that said states can only block funding from family planning facilities if the clinics can't provide key services.

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A mother and daughter attend Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's speech at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, U.S. June 10, 2016.

"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue", SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote in a statement.

Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily's List, which supports Democratic female candidate for public office who support abortion, said the bill is another example of politicians chipping away at women's rights and making it harder for the less fortunate to get health care. He repeatedly vowed, throughout the presidential campaign, that attacking the health care organization would be a top priority for the Trump administration.

Under President Obama, Title X "family-planning grants" to states could not be denied to organizations on the basis of whether or not they performed abortions. That's because reports recently surfaced that Trump's daughter, who now holds a formal position in his administration as assistant to the president, Ivanka Trump, had met with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards in January.

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