Trump Helping States Defund Planned Parenthood

Abortion advocates are stunned that Donald Trump is keeping his promise to defund Planned Parenthood abortion centers.

Democrats say anti-abortion advocates are writing Trump’s policies — and the results could be felt nationwide 

(Anna North, VOX) Republicans in state legislatures have been trying for years to strip funding from Planned Parenthood.

In January, the Trump administration gave them a gift, reversing Obama-era guidance regarding Medicaid funds.

The change could make it harder for low-income patients in red states to get reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood, and some fear it could ultimately affect patients in blue states as well. But that’s not all.

According to documents provided to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) by a whistleblower and released earlier this month, the move by the Trump administration may have been inspired by a letter from the right-wing legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.

Congressional Democrats now say they fear the Trump administration essentially let an anti-abortion group write its health care policy.

[Trump promised these policies during the 2016 campaign. As Business Insider noted, “Trump has expressed a strong opposition to abortion … he also said that he would defund [Planned Parenthood] because a portion of its services go toward providing abortions.” – Editor]

Cummings’s office is now requesting all documentation leading up to the January decision, including any communications with ADF.

The January change appears to be part of a larger pattern in the Trump administration: policies on everything from birth control coverage to reproductive health access for unaccompanied minors are being forged by people with deep ties to anti-abortion groups, and sometimes, apparently, by those groups themselves.

The Trump administration is sending a signal to states that want to strip funding from Planned Parenthood

To understand the Trump administration’s decision and its impact, you need to go back to 2015. That year, an anti-abortion group released hidden-camera videos in an effort to convince the public that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for a profit, which is illegal.

The videos actually did not include evidence of this, and multiple investigations thereafter did not uncover any. But the videos touched off a wave of calls, at the state and federal level, to strip funding from Planned Parenthood … Read the full story at Featured image: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0, Lorie Shaull, CC BY-SA 4.0.