Totally being ignored or generally hushed up by MSM has been the signing of HJ Res 43 into law. Only brief references and mostly non-mainstream have told the story.
The president’s enactment of the legislation into law is the latest in what is now a series of pro-life actions by his administration in moves designed to fulfill promises of his campaign to pro-life advocates:
–Trump signed an executive order Jan. 23 that reinstated the bans on federal funds for organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas.
–The State Department announced April 3 it would not forward congressionally approved money to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
Briefly, on April 18, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the first ever federal law banning abortion procedures in Gonzales vs Carhart which also included Gonzales vs Planned Parenthood. In a 5–4 decision for Alberto R. Gonzales as Attorney General, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the majority. Its ruling overturned the Ninth Circuit Courts decision.
- The Federal Partial-abortion Ban Act criminalized abortions in the second trimester. The Supreme Court’s decision upheld Congress’s ban and held that it did not impose an undue burden on the due process right of women to obtain an abortion, “under precedents we here assume to be controlling,” such as the Court’s prior decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The court found that there is “uncertainty [in the medical community] over whether the barred procedure is ever necessary to preserve a woman’s health”; and in the past the court “has given state and federal legislatures wide discretion to pass legislation in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty.”
On December 19, 2016, Health and Human Services attempted to circumvent Congress and that Supreme Court ruling by passing their own “final rule” amending the regulations that apply to Title X Project Grants for Family Planning Services. It was issued by the Department of Health and Human Services shortly before Mr. Obama left office and was to take effect January 18, 2017. The rule prohibited states from considering whether a clinic performs abortions in distributing Title X dollars, which are earmarked for family planning services.
The HHS rule appeared particularly beneficial to the Planned Parenthood. In recent years, at least 12 states have cut money for Planned Parenthood, some in the wake of various scandals uncovered regarding the country’s No. 1 abortion provider. Courts blocked those actions in some cases, thereby enabling the organization to continue to receive government funds.
Planned Parenthood affiliates performed 323,999 abortions during 2013-14, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Planned Parenthood and its affiliates received $553.7 million in government grants and reimbursements, according to its 2014–2015 financial report.
On April 13, 2017, Trump signed a bill HJ Res 43- “Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval” into law that is not easily understood concerning rescinding HHS’s rule until we read it carefully. Not only did the bill deliver a serious slapdown to HHS for its unlawful rule but also overturned Obama’s HHS determined effort to save Planned Parenthood.
The new law now enables states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers if their citizens vote “No to abortion from second trimester to birth.” It allows the state the right to distribute federal dollars for family planning services, including contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, fertility, pregnancy care, and breast and cervical cancer screening, to qualified health providers that do not instead.
Representative Diane Black, a Republican from Tennessee, said the new law places the American people “back in the driver’s seat, empowering states like Tennessee to steer their Title X funds away from abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood.”
Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, said enactment of the resolution “restores states’ rights over a Washington-knows-best mentality.”
Dawn Laguens, Planned Parenthood’s executive vice president, criticized the law, saying, “People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and this bill is just the latest example.”
A winning situation – for all who believe that an unborn has the same rights to protection as does a child or adult.