President Donald Trump has made one big announcement after another in his first 100-day tenure as president, from withdrawing from the Paris climate accord to ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has protected millions of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.
But his most controversial move so far has been his decision to end the Defund Planned Parenthood health care initiative, which provided federal money for nearly two-thirds of Planned Parenthood’s services.
He called it a “massive transfer of taxpayer money” that “has taken money away from women’s health and health care.”
Now, the president has taken another step toward ending the health care program, signing an executive order that reverses the policy that would have cut off federal money to Planned Parenthood and all other abortion providers.
In his order, Trump says he will “ensure that taxpayer dollars are not diverted to abortion providers.”
He is also reversing his previous executive order, which he called a “sneaky” attempt to “solve” the “problem” of the Affordable Care Act.
But the move is still a big step forward for Trump, who has repeatedly claimed he was just “doing the right thing.”
The new order reverses his order in July to defund Planned Parenthood.
The president’s executive order is the first in his presidency to specifically call for defunding Planned Parenthood, and the reversal of the policy was hailed as a major victory for reproductive rights advocates.
But some abortion rights groups were disappointed by the move.
“It was an outrageous and un-American move,” said Dr. Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
“President Trump should not be funding abortion clinics that perform abortions, but instead should be defunding the abortion industry itself.”
In his new order, the President also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to “prohibit any agency or department from participating in or supporting the provision of abortions.”
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, with nearly 2 million members nationwide.
Trump has also ordered the Department, Treasury and EPA to review whether to take any actions that would reduce funding for Planned Parenthood because of its “deeply troubling role in promoting abortion.”
Trump also has ordered the EPA to immediately cease the use of the term “abortion” in its official guidance for regulating greenhouse gas emissions.