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Disapproving HHS rule relating to compliance with title X requirements

Bill Number: HJRes-43

Public Law Number: 115-23

Disposition: 2017-Apr-13
Enacted - Signed by the President

Once the president signs a bill, it becomes a law.

Full title...
Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients.

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Potentially allows states to deny funds to Planned Parenthood

This Joint Resolution revokes an Obama administration rule that requires states to distribute Title X funds to clinics - without consideration of whether the clinics perform abortions.

It was passed via the the Congressional Review Act. Therefore, it was not subject to a Senate filibuster.

What's the rule being revoked?

Several states had taken action to stop providing Title X funds to clinics associated with Planned Parenthood. Although Planned Parenthood provides abortions, they cannot use Title X funds to pay for them.

In Dec. 2016, President Barack Obama issued a rule that would prevent states from denying Title X funds for any reason other than a clinic's inability to provide services specified by Title X.

The impact might be minimal

The day before the rule was to take effect, it was blocked by a federal judge in Texas. Though an appeal to allow the rule was possible, it is unlikely the administration of new president Donald Trump would pursue one. By revoking the rule, the case becomes irrelevant, and states may attempt to withhold funds.

They still might not succeed, however. A statement by Planned Parenthood says...

"These types of actions are already illegal, as a court in Florida found just this past summer. To date, every court to consider the issue on the merits has ruled that state politicians cannot block access to care at Planned Parenthood through the Title X family planning program."

For more information

Click here to read the Obama administration rule this bill nullifies.

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