The House of Representatives yesterday struck a blow against an Obama rule to protect Planned Parenthood while impinging on the right of the States to restrict them.
From The Blaze:
The House of Representatives voted Thursday to rescind an Obama administration regulation blocking states from defunding Planned Parenthood.
TheBlaze previously reported that in the last days of former President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation restricting the ability of states to block “specific types of providers,” such as Planned Parenthood, from receiving Title X funds “based on reasons unrelated to their ability to provide required services in an effective manner.”
The House voted the rule out, 230-188.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who introduced the legislation, said in remarks on the House floor that “while I am unapologetically pro-life, you don’t have to be in order to support this resolution. You just have to believe in the Tenth Amendment.”
Black lays out the case.
“Despite the histrionics you may hear on the other side of the aisle today, with this resolution we are not voting to defund Planned Parenthood, voting to cut Title X funding, or voting to restrict abortion rights. … We are simply voting today to affirm the right of states to fund the healthcare providers that best suit their needs, without fear of reprisal from their own federal government,” she said.
Black called it a “gift to the abortion industry” from President Obama as he went out the door.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) called the vote against the rule sacrificing “a woman’s access to basic health care services in order to stamp out abortion.”
Several states had already moved to strip funds from Planned Parenthood because of controversies involving Planned Parenthood, including the question of trafficking in human body parts.
One step to further restoring the rights of the States.