Federal judge issues injunction against Missouri abortion laws

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Dollar for dollar. Just one more reason no one should be forced by their own government to fund organizations - like Planned Parenthood - that undermine their sincerely held moral beliefs. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Title X is the only federal program "focused exclusively on providing family planning", and it specifically ensures birth control and STI testing access to low-income individuals.

"The intent of this bill is clear: to deny women access to lifesaving preventative care such as cancer screenings, birth control, STI testing and treatment, and wellness exams", said Sari Stevens, executive director of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates.

In July, then-Governor Mike Pence, who is now USA vice president, enacted the mandate when he signed House Enrolled Act No. 1337.

"Unfortunately, the farther we get away from those videos, we're running up against Planned Parenthood" and the money they spend on lobbying, said McClusky.

Pro-life lawmakers now aim to "defund" Planned Parenthood of the $500m-odd it receives every year from Medicaid and Title X funding.

A GOP state senator from central Pennsylvania quietly introduced a bill in Harrisburg last week that, if passed, could decrease funding to Planned Parenthood centers across the state.

According to The Guttmacher Institute, a 2016 survey of Title X-funded health centers "reinforces the importance of Planned Parenthood to the women it serves". "With almost half of Planned Parenthood's medical centers in rural and underserved communities, this bill would be crippling to the patients who need care the most".

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"PPINK was confident that Judge Tanya Walton Pratt would rule that forcing women to have an ultrasound 18 hours prior to an abortion constitutes an undue burden and therefore violates the Constitution", said Betty Cockrum, CEO and President of PPINK.

However, while progress was made on Thursday, there is still a substantial amount of work to be done by Congress and President Donald Trump in order to truly stomp out federally subsidized abortion within the United States.

"There's no doubt in our minds that the objective is to ensure that any funds that flow through DHS can not go to providers of abortion services or family planning", she said.

In response to the videos, a House Select Committee formed to investigate Planned Parenthood, and on December 30, it recommended "that Planned Parenthood lose all federal funding, including reimbursements for Medicaid services".

While the CMP videos propelled the nationwide interest in defunding Planned Parenthood, Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs at the March for Life, told the Register that their effect can not be taken for granted.

"I'm hoping the state gives up and we agree that this become final, but I don't think that will happen", Falk said.

During the summer of 2015, Daleiden and his California-based pro-life group the Center for Medical Progress began releasing videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood and others engaging in illegal activities, like the sale of fetal tissue. In the Senate, Republicans have a 52-48 majority. Under the Congressional Review Act, the resolution only needed a simple majority to pass.