About Our People Legal Stuff Careers
Trump 4-12.jpg
President Donald Trump pauses during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump signed a bill allowing states to defund Planned Parenthood without the media present


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.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List

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.

Planned Parenthood condemned the bill signing on Twitter.

And other activists said it endangered Planned Parenthood's lifesaving work.

Can you tell the difference between real and alternative facts?
Test your skills

The US reportedly intercepted Syria's government speaking to chemical weapons experts

WATCH | For more news you need, check out our 60 Second Circa.

Read Comments
Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Linked In List Menu Enlarge Gallery Info Menu Close Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Grid Grid Play Align Left Search Youtube Mail Mail Angle Down Bookmark