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Trump Signs Law That Allows States to Defund Abortion Providers

The pro-abortion group said that the goal of the meeting was "to make sure that Ivanka fully understood what Planned Parenthood does, how it is funded", said Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens, as quoted by Politico.

Holt concluded that the law "reverses a rule that was finalized" shortly before President Obama left office.

"Prioritizing funding away from Planned Parenthood to comprehensive health care alternatives is a winning issue", said Dannenfelser.

Republicans in Congress and legislatures around the country have targeted Planned Parenthood because its network is the largest provider of abortions, although about half of its affiliates do not perform them. Roughly 1.5 million receive their Title X care at Planned Parenthood.

Democratic Senator Patty Murray said last month that the bill was "cruel, and it would have [the] greatest impact on women and families who need it the most". It is already illegal to use federal funds for abortion, instead that money goes to everything from prenatal care, to contraception counseling, cancer screenings, and other health services for low-income women. Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said on Thursday that the law would hinder access to health care.

The bill passed Congress last month, but it had to get over a hurdle in the Senate, where Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.

In 2014, roughly 3 percent of the services rendered by Planned Parenthood were abortion-related. Planned Parenthood and the funding that it receives has become a rallying symbol for both sides of the abortion debate, though USA law already prevents federal funds from paying specifically for abortions.

The move marks the 12th time that Trump has signed a resolution under the 1996 Congressional Review Act, abolishing a rule issued under Obama.

US President Donald Trump has privately signed legislation that removes Obama-era rules protecting tax-funded financing of family planning clinics that offer abortion. In rural states and other places with limited access to women's health centers, taking away Title X funding could result in clinics closing - and there might not be other options.

A mother and daughter attend Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's speech at the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, U.S. June 10, 2016.

"This puts an end to the outgoing gift that Obama gave the Trump administration", Dannenfelser said. "By signing H.J. Res 43, he [Trump] allows states to fund the health clinics that are true lifelines for poor women".