On Thursday, the Republican stronghold in the House of Representatives voted away a previous initiative passed by Barack Obama that forced state taxpayers into funding Planned Parenthood.
With Obama’s order in a push to be dissolved, local government officials would be allowed to allocate their funds to the wishes of their constituents.
“We are simply voting today to affirm the right of states to fund the healthcare providers that best suit their needs, without fear of reprisal from their own federal government,” said the sponsor of the bill Rep. Diane Black (R-TEN). “As a state legislator, I worked within my authority to make sure that Tennessee honored the will of our pro-life populace and steered our state’s share of Title X dollars away from health care providers that perform abortion,” Black said aloud on the House stage.
Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, published a statement today affirming her plans to persuade the bill’s detractors into civic action.
“Extremists in Congress are trying to make it easier for state politicians to take away people’s health care,” Richards’ statement read. “This is wrong, and it’s not what the American people want. When Congress goes home next week, they can count on hearing from people at their offices, the corner store, and every town hall.”
After being passed by the House, a vote in the Senate and a presidential signature remain the lone obstacles into the bill becoming law.
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