US Votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund abortion

Black said letting states have the right to not give Title X grants to groups that commit abortions "shouldn't be" a partisan issue.1 min


[LifeSiteNews] The U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 to 188 today to overturn former President Obama’s “eleventh hour” HHS rule forcing states to give Title X money to organizations that commit abortions. (Photo via LifeNews.com)

Title X money comes from the government to fund “family planning services,” but technically not abortion.

Before he left office, Obama pushed through an HHS regulation that essentially forces states to give Planned Parenthood Title X funding. Under this rule, states must give Planned Parenthood or abortionists Title X grants and may not choose to redirect those funds to comprehensive healthcare clinics.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider. It commits more than 300,000 abortions annually.

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins called the Obama HHS regulation a “backdoor handout for the abortion industry.”

But thanks to the Congressional Review Act, Congress may overturn such agency regulations within 60 legislative days. Only 51 Senate votes are needed now that it has passed the House.

Rep. Diane Black, R-TN, introduced H.J. Res. 43 to overturn what pro-life groups call the Obama administration’s “parting gift” to Planned Parenthood.

On February 14, Planned Parenthood sent an email to supporters warning that if the House voted to overturn Obama’s HHS rule, it would be a “devastating attack” for them. It will “embolden extremist politicians to block” funding to “a health center just because that center also provides safe, legal abortion,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote.

Black said letting states have the right to not give Title X grants to groups that commit abortions “shouldn’t be” a partisan issue.

“You don’t have to be [pro-life] to support this resolution,” said Black. “You just have to support the 10th Amendment.”

“We are not voting to defund Planned Parenthood in any way, shape, or form,” she continued. “We are not voting to cut Title X funding. And we are not voting to restrict abortion rights.”

“Without this bill, states would be forced to fund the abortion industry by federal bureaucrats,” said Rep. Luke Messer, R-IN.

Two abortion-supporting Democratic Congresswomen used language about protecting the vulnerable when arguing in favor of the pro-abortion rule…

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8 Comments

  1. If they choose to murder a person in the womb, that is their own decision. But in no way should anyone be forced or obligated to pay for it. It’s their own decision so they should pay the abortion clinic themselves!!! Their choice their responsibility. Accept in the case of rape then they should have the baby and give it up for adoption, I believe. (My personal beliefs, not easy but there needs to be special assistance for women and girls in this situation).

    1. Yes it is a war between good and evil. Ultimately, we must decide what is the right choice by biblical wisdom to make. Unfortunately, nowadays people are not getting wisdom for their lives from the bible. God gives us free will to choose, however. Love is never forced. God never forced someone to choose to follow His plan or ways. People must come to that decision on their own, but we must share His purposes because they have a right to know and then choose who or whom they follow.

    2. So we must give them a better more supportive choice than abortion. We can’t say you must have this baby but give no support and assistance in having and raising their baby. That is not biblical either. That is where the church can and must be a resource. Government needs to provide help to. Not handouts but support (daycare, education support, and job training for the couple or mother of the baby.

    3. Maybe a personal loan that they pay back either by helping others in the community or paying back a school loan when they have secured a good job. Something like that that blesses a community and society.

    4. Or, you could just shell out a few bucks extra for free contraception for all citizens. Contraception is proven to alleviate poverty, poverty caused by unwanted pregnancies. But I’m sure you’ll just continue to pray for these folks, and pretend you’re helping.

    5. What type of birth control are you talking about? Many have been proven extremely unhealthy and definitely unreliable. Oh, and please don’t judge me. You don’t know me and what I have dealt with or who I am helping. I am not judging you, but only suggesting solutions. I don’t know what the answer is but God does. Yes, poverty is a huge problem. Jesus did say you will always have the poor among you. That will never change. Especially if we keep giving people handouts instead of a hand up to get their lives fruitful. Look how many people are on food stamps and dependent on our government now. It’s insane!!!

    6. Jesus said those who don’t work should not eat. I don’t think for one minute he meant that we should support people who are capable of working and making their own living. Condoning laziness is not productive to a society. Even Jesus worked as a carpenter.