The Trump administration has announced that it’s revoking the Obama-era policy of restricting state governments from denying Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood on the grounds that they are abortion providers.
Department of Health and Human Services under Obama issued the warning in 2016 when 24 states denied Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood following an undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress exposed the abortion provider’s alleged business of selling aborted babies’ body parts.
The Trump administration rescinded the guidance Friday in a letter to state Medicaid directors, which said the guidance favored abortion providers, according to The Hill.
“Reinstating the pre-2016 standards frees up states to once again decide for themselves what reasonable standards they use to protect Medicaid programs and their beneficiaries,” Charmaine Yoest, assistant HSS secretary for public affairs, was quoted as saying. “This is part of the Trump administration’s effort to roll back regulations the Obama administration put out to radically favor abortion.”
“No American taxpayer should be forced by unelected Washington bureaucrats to pay for abortions,” Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Elissa Graves said in a statement. “Medicaid dollars should go to local community health centers serving women — not the scandal-ridden billion-dollar abortion industry.”
ADF thanked the Trump administration “for its leadership in protecting women’s health and defending the sanctity of life.”
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Source: Christian Post