House Votes Tomorrow on Overturning Obama’s Mandate Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

National   |   Dave Andrusko   |   Feb 15, 2017   |   5:58PM   |   Washington, DC

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 defunding Planned Parenthood from federal Title X family planning funds took effect on January 18–literally with just two days left in his presidency.

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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. Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.