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Monday, April 2, 2018

Planned Parenthood Gets Trumped

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Planned Parenthood Gets Trumped

The effort to defund Planned Parenthood is still a work in progress. Readers will recall what happened last year when the Trump administration signaled the direction in which it was heading:

WASHINGTON — Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday to pass legislation that will allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.

The measure, which now goes to President Trump for his signature, dismisses an Obama-era rule banning states from denying federal funds to such organizations.

Pence's vote was needed to break a 50-50 tie. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with their party, voting against the measure.

Republicans have said the Obama rule should be overturned to allow states the right to steer funds away from abortion providers, if they choose.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said the measure reverses a rule that "attempted to empower federal bureaucrats in Washington and silence our states."

Democrats condemned the measure throughout the day, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York calling it "another example of the Republican war on women."

"It would let states treat women as second-class citizens who don’t deserve the same access to health care as men," he said.

The House in February had voted 230-188 largely along party lines to reject the rule under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn recently enacted regulations.

The rule prohibits states from withholding family-planning funding from providers for reasons other than their ability to offer family-planning services. It took effect Jan. 18, two days before President Obama left office.

Since 2011, 13 states have restricted access to such grants, disrupting or reducing services in several instances. 

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Earlier this year the Trump administration made good on the first stages of that promise to defund PP. And although the omnibus spending bill which President Trump severely criticized, was a dissapointment to pro-lifers, there is still a lot going on proving that this is far from over. For example, the CEO of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, is now blowing the whistle on Ivanka and Jared Kushner, accusing them both of trying to bribe her to stop PP abortions.

Obviously there is a long way to go, but the effort to make good on the Trump promise to defund Planned Parenthood still has the Left in a panic.

And here are a few more reasons:

1) Rasmussen has got Trump's job-approval approval rating at 50 percent this week--higher than Obama's at this point of his first term.

2) Polls show that, despite CNN's best efforts to sandbag it, Trump's tax bill is now more popular than ever, which does not bode well for those hoping to keep Trump to a single term.

3) Trump's record number of conservative judicial confirmations will positively impact this country for at least the next generation.

4) With Chief Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement now imminent, Trump will have yet another opportunity to solidify the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction for the next couple of generations.

5) The Russian probe has become a joke only Anderson Cooper still takes seriously.

6) The Dems' strongest political leader at the moment is an increasingly obnoxious high-school kid who doesn't like Laura Ingraham.

7) Trump has started work on “the wall” with funding from last year’s budget, which means the Senate will not be able to block it in 2018.

8) As North Korea prepares to stand down Trump's foreign policy successes continue to pile up.... leaving the loony liberal left livid. (Better hire some more porn stars)

9) It looks like nobody cares about the p-hat women's march last year on the Mall or anywhere else. #TheStruggleIsReal

10) And Isis. Remember them? (Exactly!)

Nice work, Mr. President!

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Michael J. Matt | Editor

Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.