Trump Admin Worked With Pro-Life Legal Group to Help States Defund Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 12, 2018   |   2:56PM   |   Washington, DC

What a difference an administration makes.

During the Obama Administration, officials teamed up with Planned Parenthood and ACLU attorneys and staffers to promote abortion on demand and funded with taxpayer dollars. Now that the Trump Administration is in place, new reports are coming out by shocked abortion advocates who are surprised that Trump Administration officials would work with pro-life legal groups to help defund Planned Parenthood in the abortion industry.

The newest Report shows Trump Administration officials worked with pro-life attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom to help States defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company. That is not surprising given that multiple reports and undercover video showed Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for potentially illegal profit.

Here’s more:

HHS last month told states they no longer have to comply with Obama administration policy that made it difficult for states to exclude the women’s health group from their Medicaid programs — an announcement timed to the March of Life anti-abortion rally. HHS received a draft legal analysis from the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom a week before the announcement, according to House Oversight Committee ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings.

Cummings cited a whistleblower who shared emails and documents.

“The documents provided by the whistleblower raise serious concerns about whether the Trump administration is now taking orders from an extreme right-wing interest group that is trying to deny American citizens the ability to exercise their right to obtain family planning services from the provider of their choice, which is guaranteed by federal statute,” Cummings wrote in a letter to HHS Monday.

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According to emails obtained by Cummings, several HHS officials last month discussed a draft letter they would soon be getting. A senior HHS official told others that processing the letter should be “an utmost priority.”

A four-page letter with legal analysis was sent the same day. House Democrats say the letter came from the Alliance Defending Freedom and attorney Casey Mattox, who previously worked there.

Matt Bowman, HHS deputy general counsel, worked at the Alliance Defending Freedom prior to joining the administration.

Personnel is policy, once again.

After Planned Parenthood was exposed for selling the body parts of aborted babies, many states wanted to revoke taxpayer funding for the abortion company. However the Obama Administration made it difficult for states to do that by claiming federal control over Medicaid dollars even though States participate with their own taxpayer funds and the federal program.

January’s decision by the Trump Administration makes it so states have more latitude and control over those taxpayer funds and can make decisions to keep them away from America’s biggest abortion company. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that the administration was rescinding an Obama-era Medicaid guideline that limited the way states could take action against Planned Parenthood.