Last year, Congress failed to defund Planned Parenthood due to strong Democratic, and some Republican, opposition. But President Trump is trying to fulfill his campaign promise to defund Planned Parenthood—or to at least exclude the nation’s largest abortion chain from the federal family planning program—by reviving a policy dating back to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. By reviving a regulation that the Supreme Court upheld in 1991, Trump may be able to accomplish what Congress did not. The rule is currently under review.
Planned Parenthood announced that it will begin doing abortions at one of its facilities that is reopening in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. This makes it the third location in the state to offer abortion. The reopening was funded by donors, leading Dan Miller, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, to note that this reopening proves that, once again, Planned Parenthood does not need public funding.
The Senate judiciary committee has advanced district court nominee Wendy Vitter. Vitter has stated that “Planned Parenthood says they promote women’s health. It is the saddest of ironies that they kill over 150,000 females a year. The first step in promoting women’s health is to let them live.”
Suzanna de Baca, president of Iowa’s Planned Parenthood chapter—Planned Parenthood of the Heartland—will step down because the chapter will now join Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This merging will form a new regional affiliate called Planned Parenthood North Central States.
Parents of children attending a charter school in Pittsburgh expressed outrage when a science teacher, who is a Planned Parenthood partner, asked seventh graders to search for graphic images in their mobile devices. Sonya Toler, a spokeswoman for Propel Charter Schools, stated that a full investigation into the situation has been launched.
Attempts by California attorney general Xavier Becerra to block a lower court ruling has been thwarted. The California law in question allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to the terminally ill. California’s Fourth District Court of Appeals upheld this lower court ruling.