Obama blocks states from defunding Planned Parenthood
President Obama is doing whatever he can to gird against a Trump presidency.
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Since July 2015, when a series of anti-abortion propaganda videos attacking Planned Parenthood were released, at least two dozen Republican-controlled states have tried to “defund” the organization — despite warnings from the Obama administration that doing so was probably illegal.
On Wednesday, however, the Obama administration finalized a rule clarifying that states definitely can’t keep Planned Parenthood from receiving public family planning funds — at least not just because it provides abortions.
The rule covers Title X, the only federal program dedicated to family planning for low-income people. Planned Parenthood serves about a third of more than 4 million low-income patients under Title X, providing services like birth control, cancer screenings, STI prevention, and other preventive health care.
Title X doesn’t actually cover abortion, due to the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment. Planned Parenthood funds its abortion services through other means.
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