Judge plans to block abortion-restricting abortion rules

Governor Terry Branstad

The measure also prohibits UW from entering into contracts or MOUs that make arrangements for employees to perform abortions or train or receive training in performing abortions, unless at a hospital.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence was the tie-breaking vote in a repeal of a regulation implemented just two days before President Barack Obama left office.

President Trump, during his campaign, committed himself to defunding Planned Parenthood. House Republicans support the move, but plan to address the issue in a budget bill - outlining that no state tax dollars may be spent on Medicaid patients who go to Planned Parenthood for reproductive health exams, contraception or cancer screenings. Passage of the law would make legal challenges more hard. Many poor women were reported to have been denied family-planning services as a result.

Planned Parenthood affiliates with Missouri health centers sued over those restrictions last November, five months after the nation's high court threw out similar Texas rules that sharply reduced the number of abortion clinics there.

Wolf, whose relationship with Planned Parenthood caused a minor stir as efforts to defund the organization gained new momentum, has indicated on numerous occasions that he would not sign legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services. There is no reason why states should be forced to allocate Title X funds towards abortion providers. With a new governor and attorney general in power, it is unclear how the state will proceed, observed the local legal publication Indiana Lawyer.

With its rule, the Obama administration aimed to emphasize that discrimination was not permissible, observers suggest.

The women of IN aren't out of the woods yet, but they will hopefully be helped by the fact that states now have to prove that the obstacles they place between women and their medical care actually accomplish their stated objective.


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin declined to comment on the bill. But such an approach may end up depriving women of contraceptive care, some suggest.

A normal response from the abortion lobby to an argument of this kind is to stress the good that Planned Parenthood does for women.

"Some health centers might be ready, over time, to pick up the slack", she tells the Monitor.

Contrary to Kamm's assertion that Planned Parenthood does not help for parenting, I would counter that helping individuals stay healthy and plan when to become parents is itself a step toward responsible parenting.

A piece of legislation introduced last week by Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania could potentially strip state-level funding for Planned Parenthood and other facilities that provide abortion services. Clinics in the latter situation are at-risk of losing Title X funds if their state funnels funds to non-Planned Parenthood providers.

During the summer of 2015, Daleiden and his California-based pro-life group the Center for Medical Progress began releasing videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood and others engaging in illegal activities, like the sale of fetal tissue.

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