War On Women

Trumps Signs Resolution Allowing States to Defund Planned Parenthood

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump is scheduled to depart for the Mar-a-Lago this evening but, before leaving, he signed a resolution that will allow states to defund Planned Parenthood.

As you may recall, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie in the Senate last month, allowing the resolution to pass. Trump has now signed it into law.

The resolution overturns a Health and Human Services rule enacted by the Obama administration last year that prevents states from defunding Planned Parenthood or other health providers for any reason other than the provider’s lack of “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.”

Now, states can withhold federal family planning grants from providers because they offer abortion, even though the longstanding Hyde Amendment prevents any federal money from being used to pay for abortion.

It's possible not many states will immediately jump at the chance to defund Planned Parenthood given that some legislatures have already concluded their business for the year but, in the event that they do, they could still face tough legal challenges.

The Trump regime may have eliminated the regulation that says states cannot unilaterally defund Planned Parenthood without federal approval from the Department of Health and Human Services, but doing so may still be unconstitutional under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Several efforts to defund the organization have been ruled unconstitutional in the past and the resolution signed by Trump may also be challenged.

The most recent round of state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood prompted by the baby parts hoax all ended in spectacular failure. The state of Alabama was even ordered to cover the legal costs of those who challenged former Governor Robert Bentley's efforts to defund the organization. As you know, Bentley just resigned and plead guilty for using state resources to cover up an affair.

  • Aynwrong

    The “baby body parts” story is still infuriating. As hoaxes go it was every bit as obvious as birtherism yet “our glorious media” [h/t Muslet] always gave it the full both sides™ treatment. Frankly, even some elected Democrats and lefty pundits were unwilling to simply call it a lie. And that unwillingness to just be blunt in front of a news camera is all the invitation R’s need to just lie their asses off to push the next stupid hoax.

    Voter fraud anyone?

  • muselet

    Sigh. Another day, another attack on reproductive rights.

    Yeah, Donald Trump sure is a different kind of Republican, isn’t he?

    –alopecia

  • I thought it was considered unconstitutional to legislate against a particular business or organization. This will not pass that test at all. Then again, they have control of SCOTUS so maybe all bets are off.

    • JMAshby

      Maybe, although last summer the Supreme Court struck down a de facto ban on abortion (and Planned Parenthood) in Texas by a margin of 5 to 3. It would be have 5-4 with Gorsuch.

      I wouldn’t say I’m necessarily optimistic, but the legal arguments against Planned Parenthood are pathetic at best.

      • Victor the Crab

        But wait’ll Drumph replaces the likes of Ginsburg and Kennedy with the likes of a Santorum and Gohmert. Then the animal shit will really hit the giant fan and spread it around for everyone to get hit. It WILL happen (unless Drumph and his North Korean equivalent decide to wipe out all of humanity with a thermo nuclear war real soon, nighty fuckin’ night!)

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Cancer screenings, mammograms, papsmears, and reproductive health-care are now officially taken away from women.
    Not to mention that NO tax dollars fund abortion procedures.
    Lies and misogyny are republican trademarks.
    Assholes!