By Dave Andrusko
Back in mid-December we wrote about a last-minute gift from outgoing pro-abortion President Barack Obama to his Planned Parenthood sweetheart.
Tomorrow the House of Representatives will vote on H. J. Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). This resolution would use the Congressional Review Act to nullify that 11th hour Obama Administration rule designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from unsuitable organizations such as Planned Parenthood.
As National Right to Life noted in its February 10 letter to members of the House, NRLC intends to include the roll call on final passage of H. J. Res. 43 in our scorecard of key right-to-life votes of the 115th Congress. This issue is separate and distinct from any Federal effort to defund Planned Parenthood.
Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services’ regulation blocking states from denying Planned Parenthood federal Title X family planning funds took effect on January 18–literally with just two days left in his presidency.
In recent years, several states receiving Title X family planning grants have opted to direct those funds to county health departments, community health centers, or other types of providers, in preference to organizations engaged in objectionable activities, such as Planned Parenthood, a mega-marketer of abortion that has also been involved in fetal organ trafficking.
Simply put, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump, H.J. Res. 43 would mean that states, if they chose, could continue to attempt to redirect Title X funds away from objectionable organizations.
In its letter to House members, NRLC wrote
Over one-third of all abortions in the U.S. are performed at PPFA-affiliated facilities. Longstanding objections to the massive governmental funding of PPFA have been reinforced by widely publicized undercover videos, which illuminate the callous brutality that occurs daily in these abortion mills.
For additional up-to-date information on the extent of Planned Parenthood’s involvement in abortion, see here.