President Obama has chosen to protect Planned Parenthood and women’s access to birth control, STD and STI screenings, and cancer screenings.
I only found out about it through a post on Facebook that was a link to an article posted on politicsusa.com on September 13th. A quick google search revealed another article on The Huffington Post posted on September 9th. Both articles said essentially the same thing. The rule that the President approved will prevent states from defunding the organization to meet a political agenda.
Laura Bassett at The Huffington Post wrote, “the new rule, which the Department of Health and Human Services proposed last week, says that states cannot withhold Title X federal family planning money from certain recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” That means states can no longer vote to defund Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics offer abortion services.”
An important point that both sites brought up is the fact that Planned Parenthood is “on the front lines” fighting Zika. Huffington Post said, “the Centers for Disease Control said the “primary strategy” to reduce Zika-related pregnancy complications should be to help women avoid or delay pregnancy through family planning and birth control, and Planned Parenthood is already distributing Zika prevention kits and education in neighborhoods where the virus is spreading. But some of the most high-risk states for the mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted virus ― Florida, Louisiana and Texas ― have voted to block funds to Planned Parenthood. About 84 pregnant women in Florida are currently infected with Zika, officials have said.”
So, his move will not only allow women to continue recieveing cancer and sexually transmitted infection screenings but will allow Planned Parenthood to continue fighting Zika through contraceptive methods.
The writer on politicsusa.com wrote an extremely similar article to the one on The Huffington Post but with a bit of a leftist bias. The one on Huffington Post was more neutral. Here is The Huffington Post article and the politicsusa one.