The Senate voted on 30th March to override a rule change made in the last days of the Obama administration that prevented states from redirecting Title X family planning funding away from clinics that performed abortions and to community clinics that provide comprehensive health care.
“The clear purpose of this Title X rule change was to benefit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, who is chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
“Congress has done well to reverse this very bad public policy, and to restore the ability of states to stop one stream of our tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and redirect it to community health centres that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care,” he said.
Midday on 30th March, Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, cast a tiebreaking vote that allowed Senate action to proceed on a joint resolution to block the Obama-era regulation that went took effect on 18th January, two days before President Barack Obama left office.
Picture: People pass a Planned Parenthood clinic on 17th March in New York City. The US Senate voted on 30th March to let states cut off funds for Planned Parenthood. (CNS photo/Justin Lane, EPA).