President Obama is scrambling to secure as many of his agenda items as he possibly can before he leavs the White House. One of his latest pet projects just released is a rule that secures funding for Planned Parenthood.
Here’s the twisted logic of the left from OccupyDemocrats:
President Obama has taken decisive steps to protect Planned Parenthood’s federal funding once and for all, dealing a decisive blow to anti-choice religious extremists and misogynist Republicans around the country who have been fighting tirelessly to destroy the beloved reproductive healthcare provider once and for all.
… As Planned Parenthood struggles to shake off the damage done by the outrageous hoax videos that religious zealots released last year, our Republican-strangled Congress and twelve states are working to strip Planned Parenthood of its funding for good.
President Obama has just ensured that millions of American men and women will have access to the reproductive health they deserve in a time of increasing uncertainty and fear as Donald Trump and his team of misogynist extremists prepare to take office.
It looks like Obama put some thought into this, as he’s been planning it since at least September, according to The New York Times:
Mr. Trump has sent mixed messages on Planned Parenthood’s work, supporting its health-related services other than abortion. Yet with backing from Republican leaders in Congress, he has indicated he will undo many Obama administration rules and regulations, especially last-minute additions. In this case, however, unraveling the new rule would first require a time-consuming process, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
The department began the rule-making effort in September after more than a dozen Republican-dominated states moved in recent years to “defund” Planned Parenthood by blocking clinics from receiving public money. Those funds included so-called Title X money — named for the federal family-planning program — as well as Medicaid reimbursements for treating low-income patients.
And they get it in under the wire.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 14, 2016
Independent Journal Review says a repeal of this rule won’t be as easy as reversing other executive orders:
This move by the Obama administration will certainly make it much more difficult for the president-elect to fulfill one of his major campaign commitments to pro-life voters — namely, that he would defund Planned Parenthood “as long as they continue to perform abortions.”
The Department of Health and Human Services — which first began planning the Obama administration’s rule in September — noted that the rule could only be repealed by “a new rule-making process, or a joint resolution of disapproval by the House and Senate, with concurrence by the new president.”
The left underestimates the power of a determined Trump administration and the people who support it.