Latta Votes to Eliminate HHS Rule Prohibiting States From Redirecting Funds Away From Planned Parenthood
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing legislation this afternoon that eliminates an Obama Administration rule prohibiting the redirecting of Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood to health care centers that don’t provide abortions. The bill, H.J. Res. 43, uses the Congressional Review Act to eliminate the ‘midnight rule’ from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that was finalized just two days before the end of President Obama’s second term. That regulation blocks states from diverting Title X family planning grants away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, county health departments, or other providers.
“I’ll continue to support measures like H.J. Res. 43 that roll back the myriad of midnight rules put into effect at the end of the Obama Administration,” said Latta. “There are twenty community health centers for every one Planned Parenthood clinic, and states shouldn’t be stopped from directing funding to more comprehensive health care centers that don’t provide abortions. The resolution simply rolls back this HHS rule and allows states the freedom and flexibility to direct Title X funds to the health care providers of their choice.”
The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to remove midnight rules by allowing votes within sixty days of any rule implemented at the end of an Administration.