US states are now allowed to withhold federal money from organisations that provide abortion services, thanks to Donald Trump.
Trump signed a bill which reverses a regulation put in place by Barack Obama to ban states from withholding funds going to abortion services. And he did so without the usual media and camera presence.
More specifically, the bill entitles states to withhold Title X, the US’s family planning programme, which, according to Planned Parenthood, helps 4.6 million Americans every year, saves $7 for every $1 invested, and helps women avoid STIs and cervical cancer .
This will affect Planned Parenthood, which says only three per cent of its services are abortions.
Planned Parenthood pointed out:
Congress & Trump admin removed #TitleX rule:
- without debate
- without a majority
- & signed behind closed doors… https://t.co/tsOjC2Llkx