President Trump signed a bill Thursday rolling back an Obama-era rule that prevented states from defunding health care providers for political reasons.
The bill passed the Senate last month after Vice President Pence had to cast a tie-breaking vote. Critics argue the bill is an attempt to defund Planned Parenthood on a national level, while proponents say it gives states more power to distribute their funds. Anti-abortion activists considered the signing a victory.
Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue.
The leaders of anti-abortion groups like the Susan B. Anthony List and Concerned Women for America attended the bill signing. The news media was not present for the signing, The Hill reports.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the signing a "major pro-life victory."
Others were pleased that Planned Parenthood may lose funding.
This rule was popular — 91% of public comments were favorable. No one should have their health care threatened because of where they get it.— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) April 13, 2017
Planned Parenthood condemned the bill signing on Twitter.
And other activists said it endangered Planned Parenthood's lifesaving work.
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