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Rep. Black Praises Senate Passage of Title X Legislation Protecting State’s Right to Withhold Funding from Abortion Providers

Mar 30, 2017 Issues: Defunding Planned Parenthood, Pro-Life

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06), a registered nurse and member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, praised today’s Senate passage of legislation co-authored with Senator Joni Ernst, H.J. Res. 43, which uses the authority of the Congressional Review Act to overturn a December 2016 Obama Administration rule forcing states such as Tennessee to provide Title X family planning grants to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. In February, the House passed H.J. Res. 43 by a bipartisan vote of 230 to 188. The bill is now headed to President Trump’s desk. Black released the following statement:

“It has been an honor to work with Senator Ernst and the pro-life community to help this life-affirming legislation reach the final stage of becoming law. Abortion is not health care, and vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like Planned Parenthood. For over 45 years, states like Tennessee have had the authority to direct federal family planning funds to the health care providers that best suit the needs of their unique communities. Sadly, in a parting gift to the abortion industry, President Obama stole this freedom and flexibility and forced his own political agenda on states across the country. With the passage of this legislation, Congress will roll back this 11th hour Obama Administration rule, and put states and the American people back in charge.”

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Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.