President Barack Obama, in his final days in the White House, isn’t running down the clock like it’s the last week of school before summer vacation.
Over the holiday break, the Obama Administration proposed a new rule that prevents states from defunding Planned Parenthood, or any other family planning provider, and it is sheer genius.
Under the rule, states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood simply because some of its clinics offer abortion services.
According to the Huffington Post:
The new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services proposed last week, says that states cannot withhold Title X federal family planning money from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” That means states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortion services.
The Obama Administration may be in the throes of making its transition, but President Obama still has real work to do to ensure not all of his progressive choices and policies get rolled back by Trump and his cronies. Obama’s new rule goes into effect just two days before Trump takes the oath of office.
President Obama has cemented his legacy as a champion for women’s health,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. “This rule protects birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, and other health care for millions of people.”
Millions of women depend on the services of Planned Parenthood, not only for safe abortions but for healthcare in general. This federal ruling is a balm to the epic chaffing we’ve endured this election season on a national level.
But, what are the chances that the Trump Administration will undo Obama’s policies? Not only does Trump plan to undo Obama’s policies, he plans to erase the legacy of President Obama altogether.
However, it won’t be easy. The Trump Administration has a fight on its hands when it comes to the reproductive health of American women, especially here in New Mexico.
Here in New Mexico conservatives continue to find ways to bully and intimidate women, and yet, we fight back.
A congressional panel continues to ally with New Mexico extremists to target local medical students, faculty, and patients. Twenty state legislatures recently teamed up to pressure UNM Regents to limit women’s health care and women’s choices, and still we rise. More than 500 of you signed a petition to say that you won’t stand for this, and now we must ready ourselves to do even more.
When the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session convenes on January 17, we will need your help to show Republicans we won’t be bullied into the loss of human rights for women.
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