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States Can Withhold Funds to Planned Parenthood

This week President Trump signed a law that would overturn a rule created by former President Obama that barred states from withholding money distributed under a Title X program that funded Planned Parenthood and other clinics that provide abortion. The law will have no impact on Tennessee because state lawmakers voted in 2011 to divert those funds to the state Department of Health anyway.

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U.S. Senate Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

In a vote of 51-50 (with Vice President Pence as the tiebreaker), the U.S. Senate passed a bill that overturned Obama’s rule that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood under Title X, the federal grant program which deals with family planning. The measure now heads to President Trump’s desk. If H.J. Res. 43 is passed, that would mean states could redirect Title X funds to less objectionable comprehensive health care providers that do not perform abortions.

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U.S. House Overturns Obama Order Prohibiting States From Redirecting Title X Funds

Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J. Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), which seeks to overturn the Obama executive order that forbid states from redirecting Title X funds from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood to comprehensive care clinics. The bill heads to the U.S. Senate.

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