President Donald Trump signed a bill Thursday that allows states to deny federal funding to any organization that provides abortion services, CNN reports. Critics have said the legislation specifically targets Planned Parenthood, long a target for the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus. Notably, the traditionally camera-friendly president opted to sign the legislation in private.
Barack Obama formerly enacted regulations that prevented states from denying federal funding to medical providers that performed abortions. Federal law prevents taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, which comprise only three percent of Planned Parenthood total annual provided services. Trump’s signing follows Veep Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote in the Senate to move the bill forward, after two Republicans opposed the bill.
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, criticized the move. “[Women’s] worst fears are now coming true. We are facing the worst political attack on women’s health in a generation as lawmakers have spent the past three months trading away women’s health and rights at every turn.”