Washington D.C., Dec 16, 2016 / 06:01 am
States cannot keep federal grants away from Planned Parenthood clinics, the Obama administration ruled on Wednesday in a move that critics say is a "parting gift to Big Abortion."
"The Obama administration, even in its waning hours, has chosen to put Planned Parenthood's Big Abortion agenda ahead of women's health and the right of states to decide how best to prioritize public health funding so that patients and the most comprehensive health providers come first," Steven H. Aden, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom stated.
The Department of Health and Human Services released final regulations "to increase access to affordable family planning and preventive services" under Title X grants Dec. 14. The new rule takes effect Jan. 18, two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Title X is a federal program that promotes "family planning" through grants to various providers of health care through the states.