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Olson Applauds Action To Give States Funding Authority

Rep. Pete Olson

Washington, DC – Rep Pete Olson (TX-22) today joined an effort to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Obama Administration Title X abortion funding rule, which forces states to administer Title X health care funding to abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood. The House passed H.J. Res. 43, to return Title X funding authority to states by a vote of 230-188.

“It is unconscionable that abortion clinics, like Planned Parenthood, expect taxpayers to fund their pro-abortion agenda,” Rep. Olson said. “Title X funds are intended to provide women with affordable access to quality healthcare, not abortions. States like Texas can redirect funds from Planned Parenthood to other health centers that provide needed care. The federal government should not be able to dictate how states allocate resources or force taxpayers to fund organizations that perform abortions. I thank my House colleagues for passing this resolution to restore state’s rights and urge my Senate colleagues to act quickly.”

Background: Title X is a program authorized to provide family planning services to low income women. The Obama rule, finalized in December 2016, was widely perceived as an attempt to require states to use Title X family planning grant money to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. In September of last year, over 100 Members of Congress signed a public comment letter led by Rep. Diane Black and Senator Joni Ernst opposing the rule. The Congressional Review Act through H.J. Res. 43 overturns this dangerous rule.