As you know, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a rule in the final days of the Obama Administration forcing states to administer Title X healthcare funding to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood.
Yesterday, the House took action. With my support, we passed H.J.Res. 43, to overturn the Obama Administration rule and allow states to continue to direct those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage. Here's a quick breakdown:
Title X funding is a family planning program authorized in 1970 that was intended to provide family planning services to low-income women.
Five states -- including Ohio -- have previously chosen to redirect their Title X funds from Planned Parenthood to other health clinics, including county health departments and federally qualified health centers. Now, President Obama's HHS rule threatens to deprive these state recipients of all Title X family planning money if they do not comply and fund Planned Parenthood.
What H.J.Res. 43 does:
This resolution would repeal the Obama Administration's HHS rule, allowing states the freedom to distribute Title X grant money in a way that they believe best serves the needs of their constituents. It was passed yesterday using the Congressional Review Act, a tool which allows Congress to overturn any rules finalized in the past 60 legislative days (with just a simple majority in the Senate). This short time frame is why it is so important that Congress is acting now to overturn this rule. It’s also wonderful that – with a Republican Congress and president – we’re finally able to take this type of critical action.
Why it matters:
The federal government should not use taxpayer money to support abortion providers, to which so many Americans have a moral objection. And it shouldn't force states to do so either. As a doctor, I believe American women deserve better.
Now that H.J.Res 43 has passed the House, it awaits consideration by the Senate. I will continue to keep you posted on the work I'm doing in Congress to protect the unborn.
- Low income women
- The unborn
In Your Service,
P.S. Yesterday, I was honored to receive the Family Research Council (FRC) "True Blue" Award for the second Congress in a row, in recognition of my work to support the ideals of faith, family, freedom. Click here to listen in to my interview with Tony Perkins on FRC Radio about this award and the House's work to protect life.