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Friday, March 31, 2017
Pence breaks Senate tie to undo Obama regulation blocking states from defunding Planned Parenthood
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to overturnan Obama-era federal regulationblocking states from stripping federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood after Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote.
In the final days of former President Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation barring states from stripping federal funds from Planned Parenthood.
The regulation— which went into effect only two days before Obama left office — prevented states from restricting the ability of “specific types of providers,” such as Planned Parenthood, to receive Title X funds “based on reasons unrelated to their ability to provide required services in an effective manner.”